Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • A Profession for My Generation

    on Aug 19, 14 • in Policy, Recruitment & Retention, Series • with Comments


    This op-ed originally appeared in the Memphis-based Commercial Appeal on August 3rd, 2014: I have a confession: Halfway through my second year of teaching, I was questioning whether teaching was really the right career for me. I was putting in countless hours in my Memphis high school, but my progress as an educator felt much slower than I wanted. My kids were meeting or exceeding their goals on state tests, but I wasn’t seeing much recognition for the work I was doing outside the walls of my classroom. I often found myself asking: Is teaching

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  • Propaganda Used in Campbell Brown’s Attack on Teacher Tenure

    on Aug 18, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Policy • with Comments


    When I teach Animal Farm by George Orwell I have the opportunity to teach propaganda techniques. I provide the students with the definitions and examples of several different types of propaganda techniques. Then, as we read, I have them find these techniques in the novel.  Students also find and share propaganda in advertisements they see in other media, on TV or on the web. The New World Encyclopedia states, “The aim of propaganda is to actively influence people’s opinions, rather than to merely communicate the facts about something.” Former news anchor Campbell Brown has been very vocal in actively trying to influence

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  • 6 Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities Who Plan to Attend College

    on Aug 15, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Parents, Policy, Special Education • with Comments


    It’s that time of year again! Students everywhere, including students with Learning Disabilities, are gearing up to start another year of school. For many of these students, this will be their last year as high school students. It’s a year full of many emotions and uncertainty about their future. Homecoming, Homecoming Week, Prom, Senior Night, visualizing graduation ceremony, worrying about passing all their classes… and the list goes on and on of all the many activities and thoughts seniors have their last year in high school. There is simply so much to do and be

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  • Freedom In The Classroom

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    Owning a school may sound like an easy way to avoid all of the messy paperwork that goes along with education, but it really means that the paperwork just changes routes. Instead of serving the district or the State Department, I am accountable to a higher entity: Parents and families. Summers are spent not only writing lesson plans, which I redo every year since I have students who stay with me for several consecutive years, but also getting all of my paperwork in place for Parent Orientation, conference times, all activities and field trips and

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  • The Difference Between Calculation and Mathematics

    on Aug 5, 14 • in Common Core, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Policy • with Comments


    This piece originally ran on on July 29, 2014; In mid-July last year, I was ready to try something completely different. I had previously taught Algebra I, but I was moving to a new content; geometry. I’d taught it before under the old Tennessee state standards but had left the course feeling like the kids never truly connected to the content. They were great at calculating and finding the right answer, but weren’t connecting to the math. Surely there was a better way to make the course meaningful! In that spirit I decided to do

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