Here’s what learning alongside my students looked like last April: me, hunched over the back table during my planning period, head in my hands, staring blankly ahead in abject misery, paper and scraps of used eraser littering the table. I was near tears when my
Common Reflection Questions
As many educators wrap up their school year, they are reflecting on the ups and downs. I can imagine new teachers and their mentors are considering their year by asking themselves, “Where has the year even gone?” Another common question floating about amongst
We are in a crisis. High quality teachers and leaders are leaving the profession in droves, resulting in a lack of aspiring leaders who are seeking to assume the role of school principal. So, what can we do? An increase in pay and compensation for
The escalating problems facing our nation’s schools have taken their toll on educators. Many educators feel devalued, under supported, and frustrated over the factors that get in the way of doing what we were hired to do. The political minefield of mandated policies and procedures
Artificial intelligence is changing the landscape of our written language, seeping into schools, the workplace, and the shadowy world of deepfakes. Some have compared the projected magnitude of its impact to that of the calculator or the internet itself.
When I asked ChatGPT to create an
His mohawk flopped side to side as he pointed rapidly at his scrawling mathematics work. My 6th grader was having a hard time explaining his thought process. “It’s like, I started with this idea, and tried this formula with these numbers, but then the math
In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, I encourage all educators to take self-care off their to-do list.
This may sound counter-intuitive, yet, for many educators, the idea of self-care often resonates with feelings of frustration at one more task we are expected to “do.” As
If front-end scaffolds are put in place to support learners prior to the start of instruction, how do we support learners while they are deep into the learning experience and task? What if learners need additional support that is: (1) not sufficiently provided prior to
Thinking is hard. Teaching students to think is really hard! Modern mathematics standards and curriculum often put an emphasis on mathematical problem solving—frequently described as what you do when you don’t immediately know what to do—which requires a great deal of student thinking.
Teachers know that
The Buddhists are right. Life is filled with adversity, injustice, loneliness, disease, suffering, and death. These experiences are not new, a sign of the times, or evidence of maladjustment—they have always been an integral part of life. What is new is the frequency with which