The Solar Eclipse-A Unique Teaching Opportunity

The Solar Eclipse-A Unique Teaching Opportunity On August 21st, 2017, we will see something amazing. For the first time in over 30 years, there will be a total solar eclipse. This is when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun. This year, the total eclipse will travel across North America. Other [...]

Another Ugly Side of School Bullying: Its Effect on Achievement

These days, bullying can be a child’s worse nightmare. It is no secret that harassment among students is becoming a more and more rampant problem in contemporary public schools. Yet, how precisely does it influence a student’s academic achievement? Kids can Be Cruel Boys will be boys and girls will be girls is exactly the [...]

Getting my Struggling Readers to Thrive in the Content Areas

How do you get your struggling reader to succeed in the content areas? This was my dilemma as a fourth-grade teacher. I was frustrated for my struggling students. They experienced failure in almost every class because they struggled in literacy. I worked hard over the years to get every student to meet my objectives. With text [...]

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 [...]