Schools have garnered a lot of attention of late. What to say to students, what not to say to students, the choice of textbooks, and school violence are just a few of the topics that educators see each day on social media feeds and in
Our education system has a hoarding problem.
Have you ever watched one of those television shows on hoarding and judged the person on the screen? It can be hard to understand how they find so much value in things they rarely or never use. However,
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
Lately, when I'm leading an exercise in mindfulness and social-emotional learning, I’ve discovered firsthand how much of a difference it makes for the group to take time to examine how we’re doing and feeling along the way.
Educators are primed to be strategic allies in the battle for social justice. We possess three strengths, that, if identified and intentionally cultivated, could dramatically alter the lives of our most vulnerable students: those marginalized because of the color of their skin, their home language,
Ever feel like you’re drowning in resources? Are you pelted with websites and worksheets, videos and blog posts (like this one) in your inbox at a rate that rivals a rainfall? I totally get it. It’s information overload out there in Internet-land, and it’s become
A central key message in the Visible Learning research is the importance of developing students who can be their own teachers. Professor Hattie has stated, “Children come to school to watch teachers work…!” He advocates that we re-think ways in which we can make learning
Searching for a good movie to watch can be quite a daunting task these days with endless choices available via Red Box, Netflix, Hulu, etc. After agonizing over the many options (yes, I am working on my decision making skills) I recently settled on the
Being a teacher is not easy; it’s exhausting, never ending, and at times overwhelming. Educators take on this task because of their love for teaching and making a positive impact on the future of their students. Unfortunately, we see at times the amount of mental
When I was a new teacher in New York State, the State Education Department (NYSED) required all provisionally certified teachers to film themselves teaching. Without the videotape, teachers could not become permanently certified. With 6 months left on my provisional certification, I borrowed a video
As a former university professor who taught pre-service teachers I enjoy hearing from former students who have entered the ranks of education and have found their place working among supportive colleagues. Occasionally, though, I hear from a novice who has been demoralized by a toxic