Teaching the Environment in the Social Studies and Humanities (and Everywhere Else)

When we get close to the end of the year I like to leave my students with a bit of reflection for the future. In a matter-of-fact and “non-preachy” way, I tell them that the most crucial issue that their generation will inherit is the environment. In fact, despite what students hear from many political [...]

13 Reasons Why: Conflicting Reviews

Jay Asher’s 13 Reason Why was the first young adult novel I read during my student teaching. When the librarian spoke to my freshmen about novels for a choice project, I was drawn to the premise of the story: Before completing suicide, a sixteen-year-old girl (Hannah) records the reasons for her choice on audiotapes and [...]

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Mathematical Conversations Aid Problem Solving

Mathematical conversations are among the most important connections that make math about solving problems instead of just calculating answers. They include discussions of how a problem was solved and whether or not the answer makes sense. Often teachers shy away from mathematical conversations thinking they will lead to students talking instead of working. In this second [...]

Teaching Black Consciousness and White Privilege

One matter we have gotten over very quickly as a country is the notion, beginning in 2008 and carried throughout the Obama presidency, that we now live in a "post-racial" society.  The fact that an African American was twice-elected to the nation's highest office gave rise to the idea that racial discord can now be [...]

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 [...]