15 11, 2019

“Why haven’t I learned that Harriet Tubman fought in the civil war?”

By |2019-11-14T18:59:18-05:00November 15th, 2019|Current Events in Education, High School, History, Instruction & Curriculum, Social Justice, Social Studies|0 Comments

On a cold day in central New York, I had the fantastic opportunity to take 26 students to tour the Harriet Tubman National Park, located in Auburn, NY. After an enlightening hour, we loaded onto the yellow submarine (aka the school bus) and watched the movie Harriet at the local Movie Tavern.   By the end of the [...]

14 11, 2019

What Becoming a Math Teacher Leader Taught Me

By |2019-11-14T18:16:36-05:00November 14th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

Becoming a math teacher leader was never really on my radar. When I first started teaching math, I taught the way I was taught or how the textbook presented topics. Many of my students struggled with this method of teaching, so I looked for alternatives. When opportunities for professional development in math arose, I signed [...]

12 11, 2019

Getting Children to Understand The Value of Teaching Shakespeare

By |2019-11-12T12:18:10-05:00November 12th, 2019|Ask a Teacher, Common Core, High School|0 Comments

Every year, I get to the part in my high school curriculum where I start to introduce Shakespeare's Macbeth. And every year, the students complain. "Why do we have to read this?" "What's even the point of Shakespeare?" "I don't understand anything that's happening right now." "What is this?!" And every year, I tell them [...]

11 11, 2019

#RealTalk Why We Haven’t Quit Teaching

By |2019-11-11T09:58:23-05:00November 11th, 2019|Confessions of a Teacher, Instruction & Curriculum, Opinion, The State of Education|0 Comments

The past few articles I’ve written have been controversial.  The craziest response I’ve received has been “Wow! Can tell you are young and have a long way to go! In fact get out now! Your students and parents deserve it...” When I first read this response, my “irritated, frustrated, and over it” reaction was “I’m [...]