TEACHING RESPECT: Removing Creativity Hinders Respect for Teachers

Lack of respect is something that I've discussed with many of my fellow educators, as it has seemingly run rampant in recent years.  The product of our discussions usually center around our love for teaching, but also, we discuss how difficult it has become to maintain in an environment where we do not feel respected [...]

It’s Time to Build The Case for More Vo-Tech Classes

A recent PDK poll shows that 82% of Americans support job-skills classes, even if it's at the expense of academic classes. Additionally, 86% believe schools should offer certificate / licensing programs that lead to jobs. But they're forgetting one very big thing: this type of education already exists. It's just that everybody forgets vocational-technical training. And [...]

Making STEM Matter in Schools

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report. I was compelled by the idea of making STEM matter in schools; as a middle school teacher, I know this is the prime time to hook kids into STEM. This is the [...]

[Episode 49] How the Healthcare Bill Affects You As a Teacher

In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews John Palmer from, T.R.A.G.I.C, as we discuss why teachers should be concerned about what's in this "new" health care bill and why teachers must fight political party partisan when it comes to our livelihood. During the interview the following topics are discussed: how T.R.A.G.I.C. changed the face of healthcare in Georgia [...]

The STEM Revolution in Higher Education

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report! I was compelled by the idea of a STEM revolution in higher education; as a middle school teacher, it really didn't occur to me that colleges would be reacting in a similar [...]