On Modifications: Should All Students Climb the Mountain the Same Way?

As a former special education teacher, I remember hearing all of the time about how students needed to all do the same thing in the classroom because, at the end of the year, they would all take the same test. Despite the intellectual ability of the student, many teachers still argue that all students should [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Special Education|0 Comments

What Do You Do With the Highly Advanced Reader?

As a teacher of gifted students, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. Most students demonstrate asynchronous development. Others are bright but underachieving. Still, other students are not truly gifted, but are bright “teacher pleasers,” with the sort of behaviors that make teachers lives easier. What I did not expect was to find three students in [...]

Teaching Skills for Survival in Dystopia

Skill #1: Radical Imagination Welcome to Dystopia Last week I presented an argument. We should teach kids to value diversity and to speak up against bias, hate, and bullying. I thought it was a pretty innocuous idea. But by leading my post with a list of factual statements and actions taken by President-Elect Donald Trump which [...]

Who Will Care for the Teachers: A Podcast on Teacher Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. During this episode, Franchesca Warren breaks tradition and  talks with not one but four fellow teachers who suffer from [...]

By | November 27th, 2016|Ask a Teacher, Instruction&Curriculum, Podcast, Podcast|0 Comments