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This year in mid-May, approximately 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide will be observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, which begins the morning after sighting the last sliver of a crescent moon before a new moon and lasts for 30 days. Read more here...

Pot. Grass. Herb. Bud. Cheeba. 420. Mary Jane. You’ve probably smoked it. You’ve at least been around people who have smoked it. If not, you’ve seen it smoked on TV or the movies and thought those scenes were hilarious, it’s okay, you can admit it. In 2018 there are now eight states who have legalized marijuana for recreational use among adults. Read more here.

Once upon a time, I was that young, white, teacher that really believed that the problem with my local urban school and our mismanaged district was the teachers’ union and the teachers that just didn’t work or care hard enough. To read more, click here. 

Yesterday evening, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) debuted a new video entitled, “This is America” and for the past 24 hours, I’ve been entranced with the layers of symbolism in this video dealing with racism, violence, gun control, etc…Read more.

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The Dangers of For-Profit Education

May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Betsy DeVos, the current education secretary, has made headlines again regarding investigations of fraudulent for-profit colleges. On May 13 2018, The New York Times reported that investigations on several for-profit colleges had "ground to a [...]

The Royal Wedding: Why Should We Care? One American Teacher’s Perspective

May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The news broke this morning: another school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas. I don’t want to think about it. I don’t want to entertain the thought that this most recent massacre is the [...]

Turning The Page on Tragedy

May 17th, 2018|2 Comments

My close friend and long-time colleague, Michelle, died three weeks ago. She was only forty years old. We shared thousands and thousands of students together over the past eighteen years. Her classroom is on the [...]

Integrating Trends in Education: Lesson Plan Development for the 21st Century

May 13th, 2018|0 Comments

When school starts next year, I’ll be in my thirty-fifth year in education. I feel like the slogan of the Farmer’s Insurance ad, “I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or [...]

Legalizing Marijuana – How does it Effect Schools?

May 12th, 2018|1 Comment

Pot. Grass. Herb. Bud. Cheeba. 420. Mary Jane. You’ve probably smoked it. You’ve at least been around people who have smoked it. If not, you’ve seen it smoked on TV or the movies and thought [...]

Mandy Manning Is The National Teacher of the Year We Need – And Deserve

May 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Most Americans only know Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, by their own knee-jerk reaction to the State Teachers of the Year Award Ceremony at the White House and, of course, the [...]

10 Things My Newborn Younger Son Taught Me About Education

May 8th, 2018|4 Comments

Isaiah, my second son, joined the world at 5:25a on May 4, 2018. In between the midst of nurse and specialist checkups, I had a second to look out the window overlooking a beautiful river-laden [...]

The Declining Mental Health of Educators

May 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Teaching is different from other professions because your mental health affects so many different lives, lives who are truly vulnerable and dependent on you for growth. This places an extreme amount of pressure and stress [...]

This is America…Unpacking the Layers of Violence Our Students See

May 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Yesterday evening, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) debuted a new video entitled, "This is America" and for the past 24 hours, I've been entranced with the layers of  symbolism in this video dealing with racism, [...]

The Dirty Secret of Implementing Independent Reading: Fund What You Believe

May 6th, 2018|0 Comments

“Students need to read like writers and they need to write like readers.” ― Kelly Gallagher The current craze in education is around giving students choice in what they read in an attempt to get them excited [...]

Janelle Monáe: Our Students’ New(ish) Role Model

May 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Janelle Monáe. The name means many things to many people. Actress in the Oscar-winning films Hidden Figures and Moonlight. Musician. Android. African American. Pansexual. Queer. The meaning that is most important to me, though, is [...]

Teaching in a Polarized Society: Reaching Across the Political Divide

May 5th, 2018|0 Comments

“And the Oscar Goes To…” Teaching Civics in today’s hyperpartisan atmosphere is a dangerous occupation. The issues that make up the dialogue of American politics seem to have separated the American electorate to a higher [...]

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