20 05, 2019

Bringing Climate Change into the E/LA Classroom

By |2019-05-20T06:44:01-04:00May 20th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

English/language arts students have the privilege of being “transported across the globe, back in time or into the future” as they read poems, plays, novels, and articles because classrooms are “spaces of discovery, possibility, and participation where students learn to empathize with experiences of people like and unlike themselves” (Beach et al, 2017). These students [...]

18 05, 2019

Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget

By |2019-05-18T14:21:13-04:00May 18th, 2019|Confessions of a Teacher, Elementary, Instruction & Curriculum, Teacher Burnout, The New Teacher Chronicles|0 Comments

I have a teacher confession to make. I failed him. Not “gave him an F” failed him but failed him as a young man. A student with a future ahead of him, someone who could one day be a father, a councilman, or even president. But I failed him. It was my second year as [...]

17 05, 2019

A Delusional Parent Tried to Sue Me

By |2019-05-18T09:34:10-04:00May 17th, 2019|Ask a Teacher, Confessions of a Teacher, Instruction & Curriculum, Opinion, Parents, Teacher Burnout|2 Comments

Teachers are well versed in the helicopter parent. The helicopter parent hovers at all times picking at small things, meddling, and is generally over-involved. They will usually try to solve each and every small problem their kid encounters by asking the teacher to get involved or blaming the problem on the teacher. This new type [...]

13 05, 2019

Activists Are Needed in Education

By |2019-05-13T06:24:34-04:00May 13th, 2019|College and Career, Current Events in Education, How to Fix Education, Opinion, School Improvement, Social Justice|0 Comments

The year: 1980 Activists in education are needed now more than ever. I was thirteen years old when I saw this coming. A smug ex-actor with Brylcreemed hair dropped a condescending line in a presidential debate. That isn't a big deal by itself, especially when you consider how low the presidential decency bar currently is. [...]