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 [...]

[Podcast S2E11] Hi, I’m a Teacher and I’m Homeless

During this episode, Franchesca Warren talks with Vivette Dukes- a NYC teacher about her experiences with being homeless while teaching. The number of homeless students in U.S. has doubled since before the recession. The number of homeless children in public schools has doubled since before the recession, reaching a record national total of 1.36 million in [...]

Fridays: A Teacher Confessional

Rebecca Black took a student's perspective with her song "Friday," focusing on the last day of the work week, where she wrote after "gettin' down on a Friday, everyone's looking forward to the weekend." So, what about teachers' perspectives on Friday? We asked our writers and readers, and here's how they claimed to end the week: [...]

Educate Yourself and Vote

I am praying for our nation.  We have a circus going on being sensationalized by the media.  While this is happening, in fourth grade, I teach my students about government.  They are exploring a basic understanding of how democracy works. They are learning about the three branches of government.  And we will explore rights and responsibilities of citizens.  These [...]

Can Teachers Really Be Excellent At Everything?

Imagine this: You're a beginning teacher, fresh out of college. You've done a few weeks (maybe a semester) of teaching on your own. You're thrilled to be hired to teach in your own classroom. You can disregard the low starting pay and the multiple subjects you need to prepare to teach every day. This is [...]