Let them Be Children

Today at a meeting we discussed the inhibition of children.  Little children.  Children who have not started school yet.  The rawness of their play and emotions.  Think about watching a young child play or react or do anything.  They give 110% of themselves to the event.  In play that looks like imagination and sounds and [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Child Development, Elementary Classrooms, Opinion|0 Comments

Six Reasons Why Tests Suck

I’ve probably given hundreds of tests during my career, but the truth is, if I had the choice, I would never give my ELA students tests of any kind. This is one of those things that has sort of snuck up on me over the years.  For example, I used to give a test on [...]

Stories of a New Administrator

A little over a year ago I took over as the Director of the small, private school I taught at for six years and attended as a small child.  Need it be said that I was thrilled?  My staff taught by my side for several years and brainstormed with me for nearly a year.  I [...]

By | October 19th, 2016|Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Series|1 Comment

Religion Isn’t Dead in Schools

From time to time, I receive an email from a parent asking "how do you go about teaching religion?" They are afraid that learning about other religions or even Greek mythology will taint the family beliefs that they and/or their institution have taught. As a public school teacher, there's really one answer - "I don't teach [...]

An Educator’s Message to Vaccination Opponents

A few days ago, I heard some loud noises coming from the room next door. It then turned to screaming. I briefly peered out into the hallway to see if it was under control, and a few teachers' aides were helping to calm one of our autistic students. I revisited the classroom during lunch to [...]