Making the Dual Language Decision

We all know that communicating with parents is essential to being an effective educator, but when the majority of your students speak a different language at home, it becomes frustrating to have to find a translator for every single phone call. I’ve also learned, after numerous confusing emails, not to completely trust Google Translate. I [...]

Attention Right-Wing: Teachers Aren’t Promoting an Anti-American Agenda

On the eve of Independence Day, columnist Charles Krauthammer appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show and stated that a waning pride in America is largely because "we teach our children about all the pathologies in the United States and very little about the glories." To be fair, as Carlson acknowledged this precipitous drop in [...]

Science is Under Attack

Most educated individuals can agree that science and science education is of the utmost importance to our children and our future. The state of Florida does not see things quite the same way as evident by a recent law that allows ANY individual to challenge what is being taught in science class.  To make a [...]

Making STEM Matter in Schools

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report. I was compelled by the idea of making STEM matter in schools; as a middle school teacher, I know this is the prime time to hook kids into STEM. This is the [...]

The Golden Handcuffs: When is it too late to leave a District?

There could be hundreds of different reasons why a teacher may want to teach in a new district. Maybe they aren’t getting along with their current administration, they’ve recently moved, they are looking for better pay, shorter commute, etc. Whatever the reasons are, one fact remains- once you become established in a district, it becomes [...]