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The Purpose of Schooling

Why are you here?  I often ask the freshmen in my American Government & Citizenship class this on their first day.  What is the purpose of schooling?  Is…

Collaboration, Leonardo, and Jazz; Lessons for Teachers

All too often teaching is an isolating profession.  It is ironic that new teachers enter the profession because they like to work with people.  Instead of collaborating with…

Students – How do You Get ’em Thinking?

“I could barely understand what the professor was talking about but I was very impressed… I thought teaching was a simple matter of telling the class what you…

Education Reform – Explain it to Me Like I’m a Fifth Grader

This whole approach to education reform for the 21st century…yeah, I need someone to explain it to me like I’m a fifth-grader. I’ve been reading the recently published…

How’s Your Teaching Practice?

If you would have asked me how my teaching was going during any of the first three years of my career I would have sheepishly replied that “everything…

You Can’t Have it Easy and Expect to be Educated

Sir Ken Robinson and his videos/talks surrounding education reform are incredibly popular.  His persuasive TED Talk from 2006 is one of the most viewed to date.  Recently, Robinson teamed up with…

A Better ‘Gates’ Solution

Well known entrepreneur, philanthropist, and billionaire Bill Gates has stated through his foundation website that, “The evidence is clear that teachers matter more to student achievement than any…

How Well Do You Question?

A key strategy of formative assessment (FA) practice is questioning and facilitating discussion in the classroom.  For some teachers this practice is almost second nature, they have developed rhetorical…

You Can Lead a Horse to Water…

Researchers, parents, students, politicians, indeed all stake-holders in education agree that good teachers are essential to helping students learn.  Furthermore, there is broad consensus that improved training and…

Traditional meets 21st Century – a Synthesis

Socratic seminars for many teachers are a traditional teaching practice which facilitates an opportunity for students to critically interrogate various genres of text and ideas through a face…

Good Teachers Matter!

Some of the most passionate, hard-working, and talented teachers I know are finding it very difficult to keep a positive perspective surrounding our profession.  The ‘Waiting for Superman’ effect…

How’s Your Feedback?

I ran in a 10K race on Thanksgiving morning.  It was cold and the road conditions were icy so needless to say when the race started I was…