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The hijab, an item Muslim women wear to express modesty taught within their faith, might seem oppressive to people outside of this faith.  This is why Nazma Khan created World Hijab Day in 2013 to be celebrated annually on the first day of February.  Through this day, she hoped to bring understanding and tolerance. Read more here...

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, creating a “national system of interstate and defense highways.” The work to create a national system of highways, now something we seemingly take for granted, was nearly an unprecedented public first waged by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a bill of the same name in 1938.Read more here.

If I ran a school, I’d give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I’d give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them. – R. Buckminster Fuller. To read more, click here. 

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As we enter February 2018, schools across America will engage in activities celebrating Black History Month in the United States.  There is a strong current in secondary education today where the goal is to move classroom activities away from teacher-centered activities toward “project-based learning” or PBL....Read more.



[Opinion] America’s Gun Problem: What Can Teachers Do?

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

It’s been a tough week. If you are a teacher, student or parent in an American public school, the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people is just as upsetting as the mass [...]

I Didn’t Sign Up To Be A Hero

February 18th, 2018|1 Comment

I did not sign up to be a hero. No, that was not part of my plan. At least, not in the way that most people think of heroes. When most of us think of [...]

A Teacher’s Letter to a Parent: Susie Didn’t Get Straight A’s

February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

By Guest Writer: Nicole H. So, little Susie didn’t get straight A’s. Well, straight 1’s, because little Susie is too young for letter grades. And you’re bummed. No, you’re mad. You’re thinking she won’t get [...]

Teacher Self-Care Conference- We’re Back

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

"The kind of teacher you become will become will directly be related to the kind of teachers you associate with. Teaching is a profession where misery does more than just love company, it recruits, seduces, [...]

Is the “Life-Long” Teacher Becoming Extinct?

February 11th, 2018|2 Comments

Last week, a question was posted in The Educator's Room Facebook page that got me thinking. The question asked about our goals as teachers and where we see our professional careers going. I scrolled through [...]

The Financial Trials and Tribulations of Teaching

February 11th, 2018|0 Comments

The contents of this article may seem obvious, but when I was a new teacher fresh out of college, no one went over the basics of living as an adult with me. My parents passed [...]

Do Black Lives Matter At School?

February 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Hey, teacher: did you know that the week of February 5-10, 2018 has been designated Black Lives Matter At School? Did you know that Black Lives Matter at School is a thing? According to Teaching [...]

Wolfgang Köhler and the Fight for the Psychological Institute

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

We see hundreds of struggles in schools today.  Some schools do not receive proper or adequate funding.  Students are profiled and treated differently based on labels that society or previous teachers give them.  Teachers turn [...]

31 Reasons For Black History Month

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The captain of the Umoja Step Team popped into my classroom as she is apt to do at least two times a day.  As she was leaving, she patted the advertisement posted on my classroom [...]

Students Need “Specials”

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

What is the practical purpose of those "specials" kids have in school- you know, P.E., Art, Music, Library? There is even another special to simply help kids keep up with the gadgets that find their [...]

How Gregory Salcido Sullied the Teaching Profession

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

"We have a bunch of dumb sh**s over there..." California high school teacher Gregory Salcido said, in the midst of his classroom discussion with his teenage students. "They're not academic people, not intellectual people. They're [...]

Grades: Is There a Better Way to Measure Learning?

February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot [...]

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