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When it comes to accommodations and modifications, very few educators have a solid grasp on the differences between the two. What’s the difference between accommodations and modifications? Read more here

With Common Core standards on the rise, many ELA teachers are concerned about teaching students how to analyze text closely. Text analysis constitutes referring back to a text to find evidence to support a conclusion. Read more here.

We’re just a few weeks into the new school year, and already communities are mourning the tragic deaths of students by suicide. From the public outcry of Daniel Fitzpatrick’s parents to the private grief of classmates, teen suicide plagues the school community.Read more here.

I am a mob movie fanatic. I’ve watched all of the classics (to my husband’s dismay) from Godfather, American Gangster to my all time favorite Goodfellas. Even though I know how the movies will end, I still get a rush right before the villain  is outed and the mob boss brings the harsh retribution. Read more.

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TEDTalk: Help for Kids the Education System Forgets

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

One of the best TED Talks I've seen in a while was by Victor Rios, a sociology professor at the University of California. The segment, titled "Help for kids the education system ignores" was poignant, [...]

On Modifications: Should All Students Climb the Mountain the Same Way?

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

As a former special education teacher, I remember hearing all of the time about how students needed to all do the same thing in the classroom because, at the end of the year, they would [...]

What Do You Do With the Highly Advanced Reader?

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

As a teacher of gifted students, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. Most students demonstrate asynchronous development. Others are bright but underachieving. Still, other students are not truly gifted, but are bright “teacher pleasers,” with [...]

Retire Right: 10 Steps to Turning Off the Classroom Lights for Good

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

I remember the first week I was hired quite well. There was so much going on - I had curriculum to write, seating charts to generate, copies to make, people to meet, programs to learn, [...]

Back in School: Pre-Game

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

The anxiety dreams have begun. I have several, but here’s the basic plot of my most frequent night-terror: Some how it went unnoticed that I didn’t have enough credits to graduate from high school (in [...]

Can Public Schools Survive the Era of School Choice?

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Last week Betsy DeVos was tapped as the Secretary of Education by the incoming Trump administration. Now many educators in traditional public schools are cringing and bracing for the worst because DeVos is known in Michigan for [...]

No Right to an Education: Detroit Schools and the Secretary of Education Nominee

November 29th, 2016|1 Comment

In September 2016, seven students in the Detroit school system filed a lawsuit against Michigan governor Rick Snyder and other state education officials. In their complaint, the students allege that over the last several decades, [...]

Teaching Skills for Survival in Dystopia

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Skill #1: Radical Imagination Welcome to Dystopia Last week I presented an argument. We should teach kids to value diversity and to speak up against bias, hate, and bullying. I thought it was a pretty innocuous [...]

What Happens When the Teacher is the Bully?

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

As an educator, I am duty bound to ensure that all my students not only learn but are educated in an environment that is conducive to that learning. This means creating a space for creativity, [...]

Who Will Care for the Teachers: A Podcast on Teacher Depression

November 27th, 2016|0 Comments

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the [...]

Meet Betsy DeVos, Our New Secretary of Education

November 23rd, 2016|5 Comments

Today it was announced that President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Betsy DeVos, a top Republican Donor, and School Choice Advocate to head the Department of Education. As teachers, we've already had a contentious relationship with [...]

[Podcast S2E12] How to Engage With Students Who Are Behaviorally Challenged

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Have you ever received a child in your class who as soon as you see them you know they will be a behavior challenge? Call it teacher intuition, but you can feel it- and most [...]

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