About Garreth Heidt

Designerly Minded High School Humanities and Liberal Studies Teacher Speech and Debate Coach. Constantly learning, trying to be more a maker and less a consumer of culture. I believe in the infinite value of a liberal education and the power of design thinking to help make the world a better place.

Let’s Eat!

Check out what one of my students is doing for his Purpose project: Helping his dad by learning how to become a food writer so he can collect recipes and produce a cookbook. From the looks of this beautiful blog post, our world will be the better for it.

Once Upon a Time...

As we’re quickly approaching the end of the school year, it’s time for another final project! I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this one, as unlike last year’s iteration, we have a lot more creative freedom. It’s similar to a concept called 20Time, where we’re given time to work on a passion project of ours. We then have to create whatever we design and give some talks about it, which is probably the best project I’ve ever gotten to work on in high school!

20180307_155230 Empanadas and Tostadas

I went through a couple iterations for this idea, ranging for stand up comedy to political fraud. However, I eventually settled on an idea I had a while ago yet never pursued, that could begin to grow in this project. You see, my dad is a chef, and he has been his whole life. He currently works as the executive…

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Romeo and Juliet: Acts Two and Three

My 9th graders are getting the hang of this blogging thing. I’ve so many examples of blogs from Romeo and Juliet, here’s one that deserves a wider audience. Give her a “like” by visiting her site if you have time.

Stepping Stones

First Impressions 

By the end of act three, the play is clearly developing into the tragedy it was meant to be. Mercutio and Tybalt have been killed, Romeo has been banished, and Juliet is dealing with Image result for love conquers all question marka large amount of grief and is now being forced to marry Paris. It’s exciting to see all of the drama that these young teens have gone through in a matter of just a few days. However, this is confusing at the same time. How could all of this really happen in a couple of days? This feels a bit unrealistic to me. I don’t quite understand the actions of Lady Capulet either. She is Juliet’s mother, so shouldn’t she be helping Juliet through her grief and not forcing her into another by making her marry Paris? I am certainly glad I have a mother who helps and supports me unlike Juliet’s mother.


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Blog Post #2- TKAM

Some excellent thoughts about To Kill a Mockingbird from one of my 10th graders.

Puzzling Thoughts

Overall Ratings

For those who have read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the novel definitely takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride, watching the characters grow up and experience the extreme racism throughout Maycomb county. As I continued reading the book, I had doubts if this story would interest me because in my opinion, the book started off very slow with little action. However, as I found myself reading the trial scene, my interest- level immediately increased. For someone who loves reading realistic-fiction novels, compared to other genres, I would rate this book 3 out of 5 because as of right now I am reading “The Hate U Give,” which takes a modern twist on TKAM. This novel, although relatively similar to TKAM, captures my interest a bit more. With that being said, I have become more curious with the focus of the “secret lives we live.” It is quite…

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To Kill A Mockingbird #2

Just want to give a shout out to one of my students whose blog post upon finishing To Kill a Mockingbird nails so much of why we read great books, and why we still read (and more important NEED TO READ) this book.

Please check out his post, minor grammatical warts and all, and give him some “like.”

Once Upon a Time...

Okay, I finally got To Kill A Mockingbird all squared away, and the first thing I have to do is apologize. I was way too hard on the book in my first entry, and while I still stand by my statements, they were spoken without the full context of the book in mind. Most of the first half was setup and nothing more, and without the payoff it’s easy to see how one could get bored. Regardless, with the knowledge that everything interesting in this book happens in the second half, I can confidently place this book among the ranks of the treasured few required reading books I actually enjoyed.

Blue and Gold Cover Book on Brown Wooden Shelf

Since it’s the “lens” my class is trying to focus on this time around, I’d like to take another look at secret lives. More specifically, what secret life the community of Maycomb lives as a whole. Their racism penetrates every…

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