As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation? An Interview with an EdChoice Parent

Since 1964, no candidate has won the White House without winning Ohio. Ohio is not just a battleground state; it is a bell weather. Therefore, Ohio’s educational policies should be spotlighted as well.  Will Ohio’s voucher programs be promoted as solutions to the problems that plague public education? This recent Thanksgiving holiday brought lumpy mashed [...]

40+ Tips for New Teachers – From Veteran Teachers (Uncensored)

As a new teacher, you try your hardest to learn all of the new procedures and cultural norms of your school, but many times it can be hard but what if all of the veteran teachers poured their knowledge into you? Well, we've compiled the best advice from veteran teachers and here you go. -Don't [...]

Kindergarten Readiness: 10 MORE Things Your Child Should Know

Last week, I explored the academic side of Kindergarten readiness. But school readiness is not all about regurgitating facts because some things just cannot be measured. One child's brain development differs from another's, but there are many things that teachers look for that have nothing to do with intelligence. Here are 10 more things to [...]

5 Ways to Use Emojis in the Classroom

I realized almost immediately that I wasn't getting through to my Kindergartners... again. I asked a class full of 5-year-olds to identify feeling words, and I got the same generic responses - happy, sad, mad. Year after year, I struggle with how to teach my primary students, especially my English Language Learners, to use precise [...]

Hidden Stories of the Average American Classroom

I recently attended a professional development presentation on poverty, and one slide that struck me was the structure of the average American classroom. In fact, I cannot stop thinking about it. Doris Baboian (our presenter and Director of Student Services in my district) noted a 2007 joint study by the U.S. Department of Education and [...]