Brooks Mendenhall

Brooks Mendenhall teaches 8th grade ELA and coaches boys soccer at Dade Middle School in Trenton, Georgia. He attended Abilene Christian University where he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduating college, he relocated to Chattanooga, TN, and received his teaching license from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His five years in education have been heavily informed by Learning Focused Schools. Early in his career, he worked closely with his content partner to align the 8th-grade social studies curriculum at Dade Middle School with the LFS framework. This early introduction to LFS and curriculum development left a lasting impact on his pedagogical approach.

From Cheating to Critical Thinking: How AI in the Classroom Can Empower Students

By Brooks Mendenhall

More and more of my 8th-grade English Language Arts students have been using AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Grammarly to complete their writing assignments. This is concerning for several reasons, not the least of which is academic dishonesty. While it’s not difficult to pick out an essay written by ChatGPT, it can be difficult to…

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