Can Teachers Really Be Excellent At Everything?

Imagine this: You're a beginning teacher, fresh out of college. You've done a few weeks (maybe a semester) of teaching on your own. You're thrilled to be hired to teach in your own classroom. You can disregard the low starting pay and the multiple subjects you need to prepare to teach every day. This is [...]

Race-Based Silence is Violence

Look around your school. Who would be the person to talk to your students about race and how it affects minorities? Who would start the conversation about Alton Sterling or Philando Castille? If you cannot think of anyone, there is an issue. If you don’t think children need to discuss racially charged incidents, there is an [...]

Fostering an Independent Three-Year-Old

Children are capable of so much more than society gives them credit for.  Helicopter parenting is becoming increasingly common and children are being required to do less and less for themselves.  Sure, it's easier to do for your child rather than wait or risk a tantrum.  How much are they learning from it though?  Today's society [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Child Development, Educational Reform, Featured, Parents|0 Comments

Dewey in 2016: Still Relevant?

When I was pursuing my master’s in education, I spent a great deal of time examining the philosophies of various critical theorists. Vygotsky, Piaget, Freire, Montessori, Gardner, Pestalozzi and a whole host of other big educational names became part of my courses of study. Knowing these philosophers and their perspectives even helped me pass Florida’s [...]

Take the Sham out of VAM

The selective and convenient use of VAM (valued added measures) by reform advocates, along with other statistics lingo, has helped to frost over the veritable turd cake of ill-conceived reform efforts and the lack of accountability in areas it's sorely needed. It's true that there is no excuse for giving up on the obligation to help children [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Educational Reform, Featured, Opinion|0 Comments