The national mood reminds me of the plants I had expected in my abandoned raised beds. The soil is shallow and the fertilizer isn't good, so not much good is growing but weeds.
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March 27, 2017
March 21, 2017
When it comes to engaging young people, DJs behind their turntables can teach educators a thing or two, especially during Spring Break.
March 02, 2017
While I understand the survival instinct, our profession is at a turning point. We can no longer afford the luxury of caring only about what happens in our classroom.
February 23, 2017
This is the miracle of teacher leadership. When done right and when teachers are nurtured in an environment that is safe, where risks and mistakes and encouraged, we begin to trust one another and cooperate to achieve more than we could on our own.
February 09, 2017
I don't know what happened yesterday, but I can promise you it will make its way into my classroom tomorrow. It will be carried in on the shoulders of my students, on the faces of my coworkers. It will be broadcast on the radio on my drive in, showcased on my laptop screen during lunch.
February 08, 2017
As we anxiously await the changes to our national department of education, there has never been a greater need for teacher leaders to cultivate a more collective accountability for public education
January 31, 2017
In the classroom Maslow ALWAYS comes before Bloom.
January 19, 2017
The morning after the 2016 election, a first-period 11th grade English class sat in front of me visibly subdued. I knew, from my own experiences, that if I did not acknowledge their discomfort and fear, they would learn nothing...
December 15, 2016
Whenever my students don't know what to do next, I tell them to do what seems like the next right thing. Even one small step forward counts as progress. It's time for me to take my own advice.
November 15, 2016
If educators want to ensure that our new colleagues are actually prepared to work with us, they need to be involved in the accountability systems that are being built now in every state.