What does it mean to be doing enough? Let’s pretend that a teacher is well-connected on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites learning with/from other educators. She reflects on her instruction regularly and shares those thoughts on her blog. She is in her third year of 1:1 implementation in her classroom, but makes sure … More Are we doing enough in education?
The school year is drawing to a close. This time of year is always a bit hectic for educators. In my role as an ELL teacher right now, that involves finishing up the state’s standardized tests, completing ILPs for each of my EL students, and, oh yeah, teaching in the days I have in between … More The Home Stretch
Life is full of things we have to do that we don’t necessarily want to do (the endless pile of laundry to wash is one example). Here is a brief list of things that as an educator I have to do, and those I want to do. Have To: Assign letter grades Give standardized assessments … More The Have-To’s and the Want-To’s of Education
It’s the end of the school day and I’m getting ready to head to my son’s baseball game. And it got me thinking (in a sarcastic voice – not surprising for those who know me well), “Who doesn’t love a good sports analogy?” And, just like a great sermon idea, there was the topic for … More 4 ways Education is Like Baseball
“The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.” — Tyron Edwards Why do teachers need to ask better questions? There are many responses to this question, but a … More Questions Make the World Go Round
I come from a long line of amazing women. I still have the baby quilt handmade by my great grandmother. In fact, it hung in my own children’s rooms when they were babies. She was amazing. I never knew my great grandfather, but I love hearing my mom’s stories about them. They lived through … More Motherhood
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S. (in case you didn’t get that memo). Why should teachers be celebrated? They get a lot of paid holidays. They get their summers off. A computer could do their jobs. Shockingly, these are real statements, that real people have said…people who were taught, by teachers, at some … More Why celebrate teachers?