About Laura Brown

The more I teach, the more my compassion for students, parents, and teachers grows. Thank you for reading my thoughts.

Water those marigolds! Watch those experienced educators bloom!

In 2003, I made a career leap by changing school districts.  I had been in a comfortable position, with eight years teaching middle school social studies in a wealthy suburban school.  However, I needed a change. I did not want to teach in a single classroom, in one building, investigating a particular topic for thirty-four [...]

By |2018-11-09T13:00:30+00:00November 9th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

American Teachers: Take Off Your Identification Badges; Take Back Your School!

I began my teaching career in 1995.  I had no experience with school resource officers, exterior doors at most schools were unlocked during the day, and metal detectors were used only in extreme cases. Then on April 20, 1999,  the Columbine tragedy changed the conversation about the nature of schools and about the youth of America.  The perpetrators [...]

By |2018-11-07T11:59:54+00:00November 7th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum, Social Justice|0 Comments

Why is The Positivity Project Making My Kids So Negative?

Have you heard about the Positivity Project, sometimes referred to as "P2?" Maybe you have seen the hashtag:  #OtherPeopleMatter? Or possibly you have seen an adult or child wearing a green shirt or hat with the positivity project logo? The Positivity Project, started by two West Point-trained military veterans, was not initially about schools, but [...]

By |2018-10-28T08:07:11+00:00October 28th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum, Mental Health, Middle School|0 Comments

When Tariffs Impact Schools

"Is the faculty meeting in the cafeteria, or the auditorium?" I ask two of my colleagues, who both give me smiles filled with bemusement. "We don't have an auditorium," comes the reply followed by a resentful chuckle. How could I forget that the auditorium is no longer operational and that an entire wing of a [...]

By |2018-10-19T14:11:21+00:00October 19th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments