Being a Teacher (but first, just being “Dad”)

About four years ago my wife called me at school and told me that our oldest daughter had gotten off the school bus crying. Walking up our 100 feet of driveway between the road and our door, she had her report card in one hand and was clearly trying to gather herself before getting to [...]

Encouraging Children to Read and Write

Originally posted in RealEdReform My own three daughters are insatiable readers, perpetual writers, and the oldest is our first state-level and national level prize winner for her writing. Number two has submitted this year, but she's only in 10th grade and is just beginning to develop her formidable chops.  How did I encourage my children to [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|Child Development, Literacy, Parents|0 Comments

Book Review: ‘Play Like A Pirate’

I recently met teacher and author Quinn Rollins at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference earlier this month, and the session he led was on incorporating graphic novels into the classroom (you can read more about it in the link above). I'd be interested in teaching with graphic novels since Jeff Kinney's first Diary of [...]

TEDTalk: Help for Kids the Education System Forgets

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, direct, and necessary. His speech highlighted how some of our neediest students are falling through the cracks, and what our mandate - as [...]

On Being Responsible Adults

I’ve always taught my students that we live in a democracy. We even practice it on a daily basis, voting on anything that needs settling, with a "majority rules" mentality. We also discuss the importance of good sportsmanship- a lot. So suffice it to say that when we have an election, and people begin rioting about [...]