John Mark Kuhns

John Mark Kuhns was born in Arthur, Illinois, and spent most of his developing years near Middlefield, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of arts in biomedical humanities from Hiram College in 2006 with a view toward pursuing a career in medicine. Instead, his 2008 detour into teaching led him to a career in education. He currently teaches grades 9-10 at Faith Builders Christian School.

14 Contributions

Why Do I Need to Learn This?
Publication Date: 2022-07-14 | File type: Video

When faced with a difficult concept or task, students often ask, Why do we have to learn this? What is Read More...

I Can't Do This
Publication Date: 2022-02-28 | File type: Video

When students tell you they can’t do something, what are they really saying? What’s behind the expression of defeat? John Read More...

Addressing Students' Frustrating Responses: "I Can't Do This!"
Publication Date: 2021-08-02 | File type: Teaching Material

When students tell you they can’t do something, what are they really saying? What’s behind the expression of defeat? John Read More...

Addressing Students' Frustrating Responses: "I Don't Care."
Publication Date: 2021-08-02 | File type: Teaching Material

You have just presented the best project of the year to your students. The students start working, and automatically you Read More...

Addressing Students' Frustrating Responses: "I'll Just Google It."
Publication Date: 2021-08-02 | File type: Teaching Material

“Why should we memorize facts when we can look them up online?” What are students thinking when they ask this? Read More...

Addressing Students' Frustrating Responses: "When Will I Ever Use This?"
Publication Date: 2021-08-02 | File type: Teaching Material

When faced with a difficult concept or task, students often ask, “When will I ever learn this?” What is behind Read More...

Physical Science Syllabus by John Mark Kuhns
Publication Date: 2020-07-07 | File type: Curricular

John Mark outlines forty objectives, five requirements, and the materials and methods for a class focusing on the physical earth Read More...

Open-Ended Math
Publication Date: 2019-09-05 | File type: Blog Post

Over the last several years, I have spent significant time trying to understand and implement the best methods for teaching Read More...

Early Summer Work
Publication Date: 2019-05-31 | File type: Blog Post

In my last post, I promised a series on lean manufacturing and its application to teaching. Mea culpa. While I Read More...

Lean Manufacturing: A Philosophy for Teachers?
Publication Date: 2018-04-14 | File type: Blog Post

Last summer, I had the privilege of working at my father’s business just as he was starting to put significant Read More...

History of A Mighty Fortress is our God
Publication Date: 2018-04-04 | File type: Article

The history surrounding the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God” by Martin Luther. Download this document or read it Read More...

Why I Teach
Publication Date: 2017-12-01 | File type: Blog Post

In the middle of the school year, it can be good for us to step back and think about why Read More...

It's Not about Me: Evaluating Relationships with Students
Publication Date: 2016-08-05 | File type: Video

Why do I try to change my students’ lives? Drawing on his experience in the classroom, John Mark describes four Read More...

Making Math Come Alive (John Mark Kuhns)
Publication Date: 2013-08-03 | File type: Audio

This talk will introduce techniques to battle the age-old problem of unmotivated students in math class. You will hear stories Read More...

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