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I spent the day today working with professional educators.  This group of experienced teachers gathered to learn more about mentoring those just entering our profession.  Technically, we’re there to participate in the California teacher credentialing program, which requires beginning teachers to partner with experienced support providers. ButRead more here

I sat on the couch with popcorn and soda ready for the match. “Dad! Come on, Don King is on camera!” Wide eyed, I watched the infamous boxing promoter smile and chat with his evening’s guest. It was 1997, I was 15 years old, and had never really been into boxing. 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.

In Spring 2016, my co-taught World Literature class sat furiously writing. On each desk was a half sheet of paper with five questions. Every now and then, one or two students would start flipping through a transcript to find evidence that supported their answers. Read more.

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Watch from the Balcony, Lead on the Floor

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

School administrators spend most of their time on the dance floor, making tactical decisions; putting out fires, dealing with discipline and making sure the buses are running on time. On occasion, administrators have the opportunity [...]

Yes, Failure IS An Option

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

We'd be hard pressed to find an innovation that has changed our modern living as much as the light bulb. When Thomas Edison and his employees experimented with methods to bring about an incandescent light, [...]

When You Deserve a Promotion

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Last week, I set down with some college friends of mine and as we discussed our families, our professional lives, and our hopes we came across the topic of career advancement. Two of my friends [...]

Budget Cuts? Don’t Take It Out On The Teachers – Or The Students

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

I spent the day today working with professional educators.  This group of experienced teachers gathered to learn more about mentoring those just entering our profession.  Technically, we’re there to participate in the California teacher credentialing [...]

Why Engaging Students with Politics is Worthwhile

March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

One of my friends approached me last week while at church. Now an administrator, he was a teacher who taught at Dover High School at the height of the 'intelligent design' debate, where a school [...]

Six Books for Secondary Teachers on Teaching Students to Read

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Teaching how to read used to be considered the job of elementary teachers. They would teach the students to read; secondary teachers would teach students literature assuming students know how to read it. However, it has [...]

Teaching Empathy with Concrete Examples

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

"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 [...]

Ways To Discover if ‘Fake News’ is Actually Fake News

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Journalists are vital in making sure that a democratic country stays democratic. They are tasked at keeping the establishment accountable for the people in order to avoid a corrupt government, and for the people to [...]

The Power of the Right Read

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

The power of the right read is indisputable to me.  It always has been.  I mean, I LOVE to read.  I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember.  Even as [...]

The Sound and The Fury, The Bite Fight, and the Demise Of Standardized Testing: Part II

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Read Part I of this Article I here. While the Tyson/Holyfield match certainly marked the end of Iron Mike’s boxing career, his decline had begun years before. In 1990, Tyson found himself in the ring [...]

Making Learning Extra-Ordinary: A Sarcastic Stab at EduJargon

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

During my first week as president of our local association, I shared a copy of a "Faculty Meeting Bingo" manipulative with all our members as a joke regarding educators' over-reliance on edu-jargon. Eventually, this information made it to [...]

Taking Care of Business: Managing Difficult Situations at School

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Something happened to me the past week that I’ve never experienced in my years of teaching: I had one student accuse another student of touching him inappropriately. You can only imagine the chaos that has [...]

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