A Teacher’s Power of Positivity

I've spent enough times surrounded by negativity. I've gone the other way when the "negative teacher" walks down the hallway. I've watched people publicly belittle my profession and union over and again. I've led that union and had to open far too many negative emails of plea / help / disdain. I've hoped for that [...]

Sexual Violence on College Campuses and Title IX Rollbacks

On September 22nd, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced new and temporary guidelines regarding how schools should be handling sexual violence on college campuses. The changes are concerned directly with how individuals are found guilty of sexual misconduct.  While DeVos stated that "We can't go back to the days when allegations were swept under the [...]

By | 2017-10-01T17:03:33+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Educational Reform, Legal, The State of Education|0 Comments

A How To List For Flexible Classroom Seating

I don't know why it took me so long to jump into flexible classroom seating. After 27 years of dodging clunky desks, tripping over backpacks and watching kids fidget uncomfortably in their hard plastic seats, I had had enough. I've had classes as large as 38, and it just was too hard to fit that [...]

Digging into Learning: Deep Learning Takes Root in the School Garden

“Peanut Butter! Peanut Butter!” squeals a spirited 3rd grader and instantly everyone stops,  racing over to see what's   been found this time.  You see, “peanut butter” is the code word students agreed upon to alert others when they find something cool. It can be a squirmy worm, a gorging caterpillar, an oddly shaped seed, [...]

By | 2017-07-31T07:21:14+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Educational Reform, Opinion, School Improvement|0 Comments