Are Elementary Teachers Jacks of All Trades or Masters of None?

Recently, I was facilitating a discussion with high school teachers about Kylene Beers book When Kids Can’t Read What Teachers Can Do - A Guide for Teachers 6-12.  In chapter four, Beers explained that one of her students did not understand how to find the main idea and that she did not do a good [...]

Test Scores > Hungry Kids? PA Teacher Fired for Making Pancakes

Welcome to 2018, where schools are permitted to hold pep rallies for students to "get them excited" about standardized tests (like that ever worked!?), but if a teacher makes his students - 95% of whom are free and reduced lunch - pancakes during the tests, that leads to him being fired. Seriously. This isn't an [...]

10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago

Something is wrong—very, very wrong. Teachers across the country at all grade levels, in all subjects, teaching a wide variety of student populations, can sense it. There is a pulse of dysfunction, a steady palpitation of doom that the path we are on is not properly oriented. There is a raw and amorphous anxiety creeping [...]

The Importance of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections: A Teacher’s Perspective

American democracy is at a crossroads. In November of this year, the American electorate will go to the polls to decide which party should control the Congress of the United States and set policy on the federal level. Majorities in many state legislatures and governorships across the nation will also be decided. As it stands [...]