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One matter we have gotten over very quickly as a country is the notion, beginning in 2008 and carried throughout the Obama presidency, that we now live in a “post-racial” society. But read more here

A close friend of mine was confused. He wondered why teachers “post-1000 memes that make it seem like our job is stressful, underpaid, and makes us into alcoholics.” Read more here.

“They just want to sleep in their own bed.” The first 50-plus days of Donald Trump’s presidency have provoked an intense mixture of anxiety, fear, anger, and urgency for many Americans. As the great-grandson of immigrants who fled anti-Semitic pogroms in Eastern Europe…Read more here.

The big scream coming from administrators, curriculum coaches, and students alike is for relevancy in teaching. Sometimes, as math teachers, we have had a hard time picking up that relevancy piece. Read more.

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Statistics show that during the first five years of teaching, the majority of new teachers will leave the profession. What's even more staggering is trying to figure out what do these teachers end up doing [...]

Mathematical Conversations Aid Problem Solving

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Mathematical conversations are among the most important connections that make math about solving problems instead of just calculating answers. They include discussions of how a problem was solved and whether or not the answer makes [...]

Teaching English with Technology

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

As a 17-year veteran English teacher, I have seen many improvements and changes in the way that technology is incorporated into the classroom.  Gone are the days of using the overhead projector, of rolling an [...]

Teachers, National History Day Needs Your Help

April 17th, 2017|1 Comment

This past week, the National History Day program announced that it lost one of its biggest benefactors. Though National History Day (NHD) doesn't announce the benefactor's name, it does reveal how much it's going to [...]

Why are we Doing this Thing Called Public Education?

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A close friend of mine was confused. He wondered why teachers “post 1000 memes that make it seem like our job is stressful, underpaid, and makes us into alcoholics.” But when he talks to teachers, [...]

Teaching Black Consciousness and White Privilege

April 17th, 2017|5 Comments

One matter we have gotten over very quickly as a country is the notion, beginning in 2008 and carried throughout the Obama presidency, that we now live in a "post-racial" society.  The fact that an [...]

Mindfulness in the Math Classroom: Why it Matters and How to do It

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Teaching and learning both create stress in students and teachers, especially as learning becomes more high-stakes for everyone. However, through mindfulness activities, teachers and students can become more productive in the process. It helps control [...]

Watch from the Balcony, Lead on the Floor

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Readers were recently asked to complete the following survey: Below is a list of 10 characteristics of successful schools. Which 3 do you think are most important? A comprehensive approach to the needs of the [...]

The Prize: Mark Zuckerberg & His $100 Million Gift to Newark Public Schools (Book Review)

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

The subtitle of Dale Russakoff's book begs the question -- who's in charge of America's schools? In the push-and-pull system of school reformers vs. union members, outsiders vs. insiders, school boards vs. state and federal leaders, [...]

Discovering Dostoevsky in Middle Age: Why Education Is Usually Wasted on the Young

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

“Did I tell you that’s what I did when I was flying red eyes? I would stare out the window at the stars and get frightened by the enormity of the universe.” – High School [...]

Stories that Live in our Hearts

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

We all have stories that live in our hearts.  Stories we come back to over and over again for inspiration, comfort, and assurance that we do make a difference.  Stories that represent and remind us [...]

38 Days a Teacher: Leadership, Followership, and Fellowship

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

I found myself standing in front of 27 students, my first day as their teacher, the Monday after Thanksgiving. I was brought in as their Spanish teacher to pick up the pieces after their previous [...]

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