Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in. ~ Alan Alda As a junior high science teacher, one of my favorite lessons was teaching my students to distinguish between observations and inferences. I would ask students to … Continue reading
An advertisement with clever word play and more than a little truth. First…what many perceive. Then…reality. Don’t diminish, or underestimate the passions and ability of our kids.
Some days, this job of being an educator is difficult. For awhile now, I have been watching a student, with whom I have invested a great deal of time, slowly slipping into the educational abyss. Today, he took another slide in that direction. I am not a mountain climber, but I know enough about the … Continue reading
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. ~ John Dewey Recently, I have had the good fortune of being involved in the planning stages of a new school. Our district is in the process of developing a hybrid/blended learning environment and they have chosen our school to pilot … Continue reading
As an educator, I want all of my students to feel special. I want them to recognize their potential as a student, and as a person. I want them to be confident and engaged. The video above–created by students at Magnolia High School, in Texas–is a fantastic illustration of how students should feel when they … Continue reading