Word Sorts: A Pre-Reading Strategy for Frustrated Students and Teachers

If I were to ask my middle schoolers what the hardest subject is for them, I can tell you right now, a majority (especially sixth graders), would say science. Even though my kids typically love science labs, they despise all of the reading that accompanies them. When I talk to students about what makes reading [...]

Attention Right-Wing: Teachers Aren’t Promoting an Anti-American Agenda

On the eve of Independence Day, columnist Charles Krauthammer appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show and stated that a waning pride in America is largely because "we teach our children about all the pathologies in the United States and very little about the glories." To be fair, as Carlson acknowledged this precipitous drop in [...]

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 [...]