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Social Justice and the Ethical Obligation of School Counselors

By |2018-07-06T18:56:30+00:00July 6th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|

As a school counselor, have you thought about approaching controversial topics with your students? Are you nervous? Do you wonder how to address the naysayers? In light of recent events, I have talked to some school counselors who feel nervous or scared to infuse social justice topics throughout their counseling programs. For example, a counselor [...]

Civility in the Classroom and the Rise of American Fascism

By |2018-07-03T01:20:22+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Book Review, Classroom Leadership, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, From the Front Lines, High School, history, Home Schooling 101, Instruction&Curriculum, Interviews, Legal, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Responsive Classroom, Social Justice, Social Studies, Teacher Self Care, Technology, The Educator's Room, The State of Education, Writing|

Setting the Stage I am in a hotel room with three millennials: Grace, 24, Gabriel, 22, Glorie, 20. An argument is raging: How can I be civil with people who support evil? I know that’s harsh. Is your neighbor who voted for Trump evil? I’ll say no. But these young people are having none of it. [...]

The Politics and Pedagogy of Immigration Policy

By |2018-06-21T20:44:19+00:00June 21st, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, Educator Professionalism, Elementary Classrooms, ESOL, From the Front Lines, High School, history, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Instructional Strategies, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Professional Development, Responsive Classroom, School Improvement, The International Teacher, The State of Education, Writing|

The national debate over the Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border has reached a fever pitch. Images and audio of crying children, traumatized by the removal of their parents to detention facilities while the children are detained in what amounts to cages, have preoccupied the national media and gripped [...]

2018: Reflections on a School Year

By |2018-06-17T22:57:01+00:00June 17th, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Classroom Leadership, College and Career, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, From the Front Lines, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Responsive Classroom, Social Justice, Social Studies, Teacher Burnout, Technology, The State of Education, Writing|

It’s the Saturday after the last day of school for teachers. I am turning 58 today. I just completed my 34th year as a social studies teacher. Tomorrow is Father’s Day. Looking back over the past year and over the arch of my career, I want to write about the struggles and successes of my [...]

The High Expectations Myth

By |2018-06-11T21:29:33+00:00June 10th, 2018|10 Ways to Fix Education, Classroom Leadership, Educational Reform, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Professional Development, School Improvement, Social Justice|

The high expectations myth is a pernicious, insidious mantra. It is the notion that if I, as a teacher, say and believe I hold high expectations, it is magically true. Examining actual teaching practices is neither necessary nor worthwhile. I have better things to do. Change or growth or flexibility aren't needed. It is the [...]

American Values In the Classroom and Community: Where do we stand as a nation today?

By |2018-06-03T17:40:06+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Classroom Leadership, Current Events in Education, education blogging, Educator Professionalism, Elementary Classrooms, English Language Learners, Journalism, Languages, Middle School, Opinion, Professional Development, Responsive Classroom, School Improvement, social justice, Social Studies, Technology, The Educator's Room, The International Teacher, The State of Education, Writing|

As a teacher and American citizen, it is difficult to discern what values we stand for as a nation today. It seems that our government has blurred the lines between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, equality and discrimination, and honesty and scandal. In the pendulum swing from the “post-racial” Obama years to the quasi-authoritarian [...]