10 Years Later: 10 Takeaways on the iPhone and Education

Ten years ago this month, Steve Jobs walked out onto the world's stage and said "this is a day I've been looking forward to in 2.5 years" because of this "revolutionary product that absolutely changes everything." I'm talking about the iPhone. And boy, did it change everything. Today, nearly 7 in 10 adults has a smart [...]

Why “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Still Matters in 2017

In April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King and several other Civil Rights activists, including the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, were arrested in Birmingham, Alabama in the midst of a massive non-violent protest campaign against that city’s segregation practices. Dr. King ultimately spent 10 days in jail that April, and while he was in there, penned one [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Current Events in Education, Featured, Social Justice|0 Comments

“Last Stop on Market Street” A Picture Book Hero’s Journey

“…and what is that award for?” the boy asked pointing to the right corner of the book. I was showing students in a 2nd grade class the cover of the picture book Last Stop on Market Street, written by American author Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. The boy was pointing to a black medallion, pasted under [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Featured, Literacy|0 Comments

Who is the Teacher: School or Family?

I saw a discussion post on Facebook the other day about education.  No surprise.  Everyone went to school, everyone has learned something in their life, so everyone has an opinion. Parents are passionate about their kids and have opinions about all things school.  This discussion, however, was a newer one to me.  It was about [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Current Events in Education, Featured, Parents|0 Comments

Podcasts in the Classroom: My Students

Author’s Note: This article is part 1 of using podcasts in the classroom and looks at my classes’ personal experiences with them. Part 2 of the article will focus on the benefits, uses, and tools of podcasts in the classroom. _________________________________________________________ In Spring 2016, my co-taught World Literature class sat furiously writing. On each desk [...]