Recent Blog Posts
This month, I've been working with my 8th graders on a journalism study of the neighborhood surrounding our school, which I wrote about last year in Edweek. This is an adaptation of a study I have done with students before in East Harlem and Crown Heights before this. In each school community, the methods are more of less the same, but the dynamics of the experience and the findings are unique to the students and the neighborhood.
This year, it was a chilly morning, when students conducted their original surveys out on the border of Park Slope and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It was 9am and potential...
Not sure if you know it or not, but I'm a pretty big fan of Dean Shareski, a Canadian #edtech guru who has changed my own thinking about teaching and learning over the past few years.
Recently, Dean blogged about the power of a person's actual voice.
I think about the way a person's voice builds connection and relationship is unique and important. It's amazing how, if I've heard someone's voice in person or online, I read their stuff in that voice.
Makes sense, doesn't it?
I know that when I'm reading text-based blog...
The NEA has come a long way. Last year, the largest union in America assembled an all-star team of educators for its Commission on Effective Teaching and Teachers (CETT), provided them with all the resources they needed, and provided no editorial guidance. I had the privilege of lunching with some of the commissioners at the NEA convention in July, and they are definitely some of the most impressive teachers I've met.
Earlier this month, the commission delivered their report, a brilliantly articulated vision for “Transforming Teaching: Connecting Professional Responsibility with Student Learning.” It's a...
These books are burning holes in my shelf, just waiting for me to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (I know I’m late to the party, but it’s pretty fantastic!) What education books are you looking forward to reading in 2012?
Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg
Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham
Why School? by Mike Rose
Recently USA Today featured an editorial co-authored by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and TFA founder Wendy Kopp that addressed changes needed in teacher preparation.
While some of the article's content is clearly problematic; taken in a larger context--it could be a signal of an interesting and much-needed shift in the educational landscape.
Kopp and the TFA leadership may finally be ready to address one of the strongest criticisms of their program model: It's insufficient...
I may not always agree with Rick Hess—but there’s no doubt that his blog posts are worthy of attention. In “Ten Edu-Stories We’ll Be Reading in 2012,” Rick predicts headlines for the coming year. He foresees increased skepticism of Race To The Top reforms and Khan Academy’s video-based model of education. He anticipates GOP presidential nominees abandoning attacks on public education in a “push for moderates.”
While Rick claims to be a lousy prognosticator, his list is intriguing.
But what’s absent in his list is any mention of teachers. None. Zero. Nada.
In my free time, I've been playing in a band. (violin, mostly) It's been exhilarating, lots of fun, and also full of challenges. The most amazing thing about it, of course, is the feeling you get when you've put in the work and then one day in practice you suddenly hear how good it sounds. It's a group effort--each...
The education world is a big place. Having explored some interesting reaches in and around that world, and at times having spread myself too thin, I've recently come back to the idea that the most important work I can do is in my classroom with students. Nonetheless, it doesn't work for teachers to do their work with their heads in the sand, so to speak, ignoring the wider world of education research and policy...