Don’t Fear Conflict in Your Classroom

I'm in my eighth year of teaching, and I'm still constantly realizing new things about teaching. Most recently, I realized that I was afraid of conflict in my classroom. Since I started teaching, it's been drilled into my head that the first and foremost marker of a successful teacher is strong classroom management. Classroom management can [...]

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Science Under Fire: A Day After the March for Science

In the morning hours of April 22, 2017—Earth Day—scientists, teachers, students, concerned citizens, and activists gathered in Washington D.C. to show their support for a single subject: science. There were no shouts for NGSS, no calls against Common Core, no jeering at climate change. Instead, all who gathered for the March for Science were attempting [...]

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 [...]

Sesame Street’s Julia: Changing the Way We See Autism

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."   This quote from women's rights advocate and cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead - could also be Sesame Street's mission statement. Since its premier on November 10, 1969, Sesame Street has brought the fundamentals of [...]