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This post was orginally published on Ed News Colorado
On day three of an eight-day enrichment session, a student's words sent chills down my spine. He inhaled deeply, stretched his arms high above his head, and sighed as he said, "I love working in a small group. I wish school was like this all of the time."
If you don't think class size matters, ask a sixth grader. Or a kindergartner. Or a senior.
This post was originally published on Ed News Colorado
No disrespect to the pencil drawings, the scented candles, or the homemade sweets that land on my desk this time of year, but all I really want for Christmas is a substitute teacher. One who will love my students as much as I do on days I can't be there with them.
Joy is proof that teacher wishes do come true.
This week Americans will gather together and give thanks. Somewhere between the parade and the pumpkin pie, we will pause and appreciate all of the things we tend to take for granted.
Recently, a teacher friend posted this on Facebook: “Teachers – we’re not in it for the income, we’re in it for the outcome.”
After a long, hard week, it was just the sort of cliché I needed to read, “like,” and re-post. I needed to remind myself of my purpose in this complex profession.
What are the "fork-issues" that cause us to avoid real and authentic conversation in schools?
I have been working on building my educational writing portfolio for over a year now and am struck by how ed policy ebbs and flows. When I was asked to come up with a title to identify my blog-identity, I realized that the best way to describe myself as a teacher was to think about what it means to teach in the present tense.
Common Core – a unifying force or another educational policy hoop to jump through?
In the current season of testing and budget negotiations, the voice of reason often seems to get lost in the din of passionate appeals from opposing forces. There are debates on classroom conditions, instructional and assessment practice, and general structure or design of the schooling experience. As is typically my bias, I believe that the root of many of these problems is how far outside of the classroom we are seeking solutions.
The Common Core suggests many changes to instructional practice, but we can’t look at fiction and non-fiction as separate ingredients that need to be consumed in isolation. Instead we need to experiment with various blends to find strategies that will work.