Visualization can be a powerful technique for learning anything. Just ask the Olympians.
Last week, three teachers reminded me what binds us together. We keep promises. We see students for who they can become. We work, in the end, for them.
Becoming bilingual is an opportunity our schools can provide to native English speakers and English learners alike. First we have to see diversity as a strength, not a liability.
Administrative madness is a pervasive disease. Common Core didn't cause it. But if it's going to succeed, we need to cure it.
Perfecting Parachutes for Thrill-Seeking Gummy Bears: Engineering Design Challenges in the Elementary Classroom
Engineering design challenges prepare our students for real-life projects where there are thousands of "right answers" and temporary failure is a step toward success.
National coherence often brings national strength, whether you're building a military or an educational system. But will Common Core's coherence cost teachers our autonomy?
My top five teaching resolutions for 2014, including why more men should teach pre-K and why using war metaphors to describe teaching is offensive to both professions.
Corporate espionage, loan sharks, and obscene profit margins. My 3rd graders' economics unit taught them the things that are hardest and most exciting to teach: ingenuity, collaboration, and the meaning of "productive failure."
Kids understand what they create. When our students write informational text, they get better at reading it, too.
Survey human history or take a look at the nearest playground, and you see a common theme: conflict. My students' conflicts took a tremendous toll on their ability to learn. A simple process called a Peace Talk changed everything.