Commentary: I am Wasting my Time Teaching about “Shithole” Countries!

From The Washington Post... “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, [...]

Let’s Embrace the Move to Standards-Based Grading

When my Principal mentioned that we would start the move towards Standards-Based grading next year, all I saw were looks of horror on most teachers’ faces. Look, I get it. Change is hard. Super hard. Among all the other tasks teachers are charged with, adding another just seems… impossible. But I also believe that change [...]

Teaching: Taking on the Moral Imperatives (Part I)

What moral imperatives? I have been thinking more about the moral imperatives of teaching. These imperatives can hinder instruction and progress. That's why the only option is to address and hopefully resolve them. They are moral imperatives because it's wrong to not handle them.  Preparing students academically-now that's the job, a duty. Consultants, education experts/leaders (folks who travel around and talk about [...]

The Writing Gap: Why a Renaissance in Writing Instruction is Imperative

"Appositive?” “What is an appositive?” “Is that even a word?” These were snippets of conversations overheard in a teacher’s book study at Liverpool High School, a large, suburban school north of Syracuse, NY. The assembled teachers, from a variety of disciplines including World Languages, English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Special Education, comprise a group studying [...]