Matt Macfarlane


The bloggers at are excited to launch a regular feature, profiling educators doing amazing things in our area. By showcasing their blog posts, websites, social media pages, and other elements, we hope to shine a light on the innovative things going on in our schools, and help build connections between innovators in our region.

6444218Matt Macfarlane teaches history and leadership at Templeton Middle School. A graduate of Westmont College, Matt is an 18-year veteran at TMS and has taught middle school for all 25 of his years as a teacher.

Matt employs a flipped classroom model to deliver podcast lessons to his students, freeing up class time for engaging discussions, primary source analysis, and for making strong connections between historical events and modern themes.

Matt’s use of podcasts has been profiled by Educreations.

Matt uses Google Apps daily with his students, from Google Forms warm-ups to Google Docs that contain traditional textbook material enlivened with videos, images, and contemporary tie-ins.

Bv6R9wDuUUDVg1hmt50Vy3I89LEeLMiwpxPqiGKxUw4Designed with the free site builder Weebly, Matt’s website is an image-rich, user-friendly portal into his classroom.

Matt’s website, his podcasts, and his letters to parents encourage open and frequent communication with home. He also leverages Instagram and Facebook to help reach out to the TMS community.


Matt can be found on Twitter, exchanging ideas and keeping in touch with other educators.

Matt uses his Twitter feed to show off some of the great work his students are doing, and to provide a regular glimpse into his learning environment.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore the links on this post, and see some of the engaging learning experiences Matt and his students are enjoying.

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