Digging into Learning: Deep Learning Takes Root in the School Garden

“Peanut Butter! Peanut Butter!” squeals a spirited 3rd grader and instantly everyone stops,  racing over to see what's   been found this time.  You see, “peanut butter” is the code word students agreed upon to alert others when they find something cool. It can be a squirmy worm, a gorging caterpillar, an oddly shaped seed, [...]

By | 2017-07-31T07:21:14+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Educational Reform, Opinion, School Improvement|0 Comments

What if We Eliminated Standardized Testing?

A significant amount of research has pointed towards standardized testing causing a high level of stress in students, and teachers alike. While the merit of standardized testing can, has, and will continue to be argued over for years to come, imagine for a moment a world in which standardized testing is eliminated from K-12 education altogether. I [...]

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 Student Who Can, but Won’t

Every teacher is told that they must teach to all learning styles, that they must follow 504 plans and Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and that they are responsible for differentiating assignments so that all students can learn equally.  What if a teacher does all of these things, but a student simply won’t learn?  Believe it [...]