In April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King and several other Civil Rights activists, including the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, were arrested in Birmingham, Alabama in the midst of a massive non-violent protest campaign against that city’s segregation practices. Read more here

I saw a discussion post on Facebook the other day about education.  No surprise.  Everyone went to school, everyone has learned something in their life, so everyone has an opinion. Read more here.

It took me years to embrace this truth: teaching really is all about love. To all those cynics who immediately say there is more to it: yes, of course, the skills of a teacher extend beyond the heart. But nothing matters without love. 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.



Why you need a Classroom Mission Statement

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

A mission statement. The best businesses use them to guide direction and lead to success. Our classrooms are definitely not businesses -- but I believe, like in business, that a classroom mission statement can lead [...]

Traveling Teacher: National Museum of African American History and Culture

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

I was recently able to attend a conference earlier this February in the nation's capital, and the hottest ticket in town is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or NMAAHC for short. [...]

Teaching Money Concepts To Young Students

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The past few years I have become so much more conscientious about not only teaching basic money skills to my second graders, but also teaching the concept of money and saving. I have noticed that [...]

Using Literature to Teach Math: Five Great Books to Use in Middle School

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

I'm always trying to come up with different ways to teach math that will grab the interest of my students. If you've ever taught math or been taught math, you know there are some students [...]

Sketch Notes in the Elementary Classroom

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

So many things go beyond content in our classrooms.  Teachers model and teach habits of mind, character development, communication skills and study skills in their classrooms as they encourage creativity and provide opportunities for 21st [...]

Gatsby for the 21st Century Student

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

I told my Freshman High School English teacher that even though I loved to read, I didn’t care for English class because we never read anything “cool.” A year later, I returned to her classroom [...]

Conversations About Betsy DeVos

February 14th, 2017|4 Comments

As one of the writers for The Educator’s Room, I participate with all the authors in regular conversations. We share ideas, talk about pedagogy, discuss writing topics, and sometimes even debate politics. That has been [...]

Considering the Case for Betsy DeVos

February 13th, 2017|1 Comment

I am not a fan of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. I wasn't fond of Arne Duncan either. And after working under John King when he led New York's schools I didn't cheer for his appointment. [...]

Fostering Responsibility

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

My class still works off of a weekly job chart. I have always tried to incorporate community responsibility into our classroom lives. We have the basics listed as jobs, such as computer helper, line leader [...]

Protesters Were Wrong to Block Betsy DeVos From School

February 10th, 2017|2 Comments

One of the continuing traditions of my classroom is to display 100's of inspirational and thought provoking quotes. And one of the quotes I have on that border is by famed Chicago journalist Sydney J. [...]

The Hazards Of the Accelerated Reader System

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

I am so fed up with the way our school systems use, or, rather, misuse, the Accelerated Reader (AR) testing system. I work with struggling readers on a daily basis, kids who hate to read [...]

10 Steps to a Positive Classroom Culture

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Creating a positive classroom culture is hard work. We are living in a time of high anxiety and our students can feel that tension. Many no longer feel safe or welcomed in their communities just [...]

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