Adam Sutton, Author at The Educators Room

About Adam Sutton

Adam Sutton currently teaches 8th grade social studies in Baltimore, MD. In addition to teaching for 13 years, Adam is an avid writer, father, and husband. His work has been published from TheEducatorsRoom to The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, and beyond. Currently, he is working on his book "Teachers Don't Get Tired" while doing his best to corral his two wonderful daughters.

This Year Will Be a Lost School Year

Everyone is anxious about the upcoming school year.  Parents need and want their kids in school.  Teachers miss the personal interactions that define teaching.  Truth be told, I think everyone misses the structure and security of having schools open.  But, many people realize we don’t have control of a contagious disease ravaging our communities.  Instead [...]

When Schools Go Virtual: Don’t Blame the Teachers!

School districts across the country are making decisions about whether or not students will be attending classes in person this fall.  Last night, my district opted for virtual instruction for the first semester of the school year.  Almost immediately after the announcement what was a chorus of praise supporting teachers last spring felt like a [...]

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Lets Change the Conversation Around Defunding Education and the Police

As a teacher listening to calls to defund the police, my first reaction is to shrug and revel that someone else is feeling the misery of being expendable at budget time.  Why should I suffer alone?  That is a short-sighted view of the movement to defund the police.  It’s not a movement to harm police.  [...]

Obstinance Has No Place in Teaching and Learning

For teachers, it is a fact of life that they teach lessons.  One of those lessons is to help students grapple with new, difficult, and controversial ideas.  To help students make sense and place those ideas within their own experiences is part of the job; I enjoy it.  So, this week, as my frustrations in [...]

Standards-Based Grading Must Die

For those unaware, standards-based grading is a popular evaluation system designed to simplify teaching, learning, and assessment.  It strips a student's grade down to their ability to meet the announced standards.  The idea is that students will learn more easily if teachers grade based upon very explicit and clear standards.  Moreover, by standardizing the grading [...]