6 Tips on Teaching Social Studies in a Politically-Charged Era

I've been challenged by parents plenty of times in my career. However, one that often protrudes in my mind is a 12-page email I received 7 years ago. In teaching about the post-Civil War Reconstruction, I shared both the late Abraham Lincoln and Radical Republican plans for what the South would look like as the [...]

Sunday Night Blues: Coping with Teacher Anxiety as the New Week Begins

Between the joy and relaxation of the weekend, and the crushing anxiety of a new work week, lies Sunday night. No matter how fulfilled one feels with their work, or how much they “love their job,” nearly everyone feels that tinge of tension and apprehension as 8:00 pm rolls around and you begin thinking about [...]

Mindfulness in the Math Classroom: Why it Matters and How to do It

Teaching and learning both create stress in students and teachers, especially as learning becomes more high-stakes for everyone. However, through mindfulness activities, teachers and students can become more productive in the process. It helps control emotions, maintain focus, and increase productivity. When emotions run high, you're going to want to practice these mindfulness techniques in [...]

Watch from the Balcony, Lead on the Floor

Readers were recently asked to complete the following survey: Below is a list of 10 characteristics of successful schools. Which 3 do you think are most important? A comprehensive approach to the needs of the whole child A relentless focus on standards and having students meet them Very high expectations for student behavior Multi-modal, hands-on [...]

Stories that Live in our Hearts

We all have stories that live in our hearts.  Stories we come back to over and over again for inspiration, comfort, and assurance that we do make a difference.  Stories that represent and remind us of the love we have for our students, for our profession. One of my favorite stories is from early in [...]