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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.

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Are You a LUCKY Teacher? Take This Quick Quiz to Find Out

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

My students and co-workers probably get tired of hearing me say it year after year. But I mean every word of it: I am the luckiest teacher I know. Most days there is nowhere in the [...]

Poverty, Parents, Homework and Kitchen Tables

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Poverty is more than just an excuse Policymakers and mainstream education reformers have been chronically unwilling to acknowledge education research and evidence indicating the impact of poverty on school children and the need for social [...]

Tracking is a Dirty Word

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

To track or not to track? Is that a question? Have I already lost you? Tracking has been a dirty word for decades. Mostly for good reason. But. Leveled classes might have a place. We [...]

What My Students Have Taught Me About Politics: Communication

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Based on the definition of the word, one would probably say I am a liberal. Needless to say, I think I’m actually a bit of a centrist, agreeing with stances and policies on both ends [...]

10 Years Later: 10 Takeaways on the iPhone and Education

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Ten years ago this month, Steve Jobs walked out onto the world's stage and said "this is a day I've been looking forward to in 2.5 years" because of this "revolutionary product that absolutely changes [...]

Teacher Sacrifices vs Sacrificing Teachers

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

This is a snip from an article in my "library," and was written by a non-teacher lucky enough to have a teacher-spouse. It struck a chord with me, because I wonder sometimes how my wife [...]

A Dear John Letter to My Career in Education

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Dear Education Career, It’s been a great 15 years, and I thank you but it’s time for me to go now. I remember when we first met back in college. You were so enticing; working [...]

Why “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Still Matters in 2017

January 16th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

“Last Stop on Market Street” A Picture Book Hero’s Journey

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

“…and what is that award for?” the boy asked pointing to the right corner of the book. I was showing students in a 2nd grade class the cover of the picture book Last Stop on Market Street, written by [...]

Teaching, Unions and Parenting in New York

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Teaching these days drives one to read and research whenever possible about what has been going on. I read an old article with a title that grabbed my attention. My search was driven by curiosity regarding [...]

The Emotional Roller Coaster of the Snow Day: Memes that Capture it All

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

With all the talk snow this past week in North Carolina, teachers and students alike seemed anxious in anticipation of a snow day. Me? I just kept thinking about make-up days and how much I hate [...]

Who is the Teacher: School or Family?

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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. Parents are passionate about their [...]

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