It’s been on my mind for a long time: the idea that receiving quality education is dependent upon the neighborhoods that students live. This just shouldn’t be. Quality education should be an opportunity afforded to all children regardless of race, class, or status. Although Brown v. The Board of Education struck down state’s ability to … More Reintegration: Quality Education for All
A few months ago, I was asked to answer a few questions focused on making in as an instructional practice. Scrolling through some of my old documents, I came across them again today and thought that they they would be of value to share with my readers. The questions and answers are as follows: … More Making in Schools
As I was thumbing through my Facebook feed this morning, I came across a quote by Aza Brown Hightower: “You can’t change the whole world, so just work on your world— the classroom.” It was a boost in that it was a reminder to me of why I got into the job in the first … More Change the World Starting With Your Own
A topic that repeatedly comes up in education are standards. Whether it is the misinformed outlash that has been brought about by the Common Core or the scores that arise from the standardized testing, most conversations about education seems to hover around the same place: standards. We could talk about this subject all day and … More Kids Before Content
I am naturally inclined to look at the world as a series of problems to be solved. It brings me great joy to tackle a problem and solve it. This worldview is both a blessing and a curse. I am drawn to helping others and working with them to become better version of themselves. Over … More The Small Victory
During a meeting a week ago, I was engaged in a conversation amongst fellow teachers. We were discussing the implications of tracking. The conversation led down the path of standardized testing— as it so often does. How do we make sure that all students are learning if we are in a perpetual race to complete … More I Won’t Cave
The power of our words can brighten minds, mend hearts, and change lives. As teachers, we have been blessed with the opportunity to stand among a group of young people and use our words to inspire, console, enlighten, and so much more. If we are not careful with the words that we choose, we risk … More The Power of Words
Teaching can be an isolating profession if you let it. Our schedules demand us to be on and in the classroom the majority of the day. This leaves many teachers with very little time to build strong relationships with teachers who surround them. When teachers exists in isolation— without the support of people with … More Finding Your Teacher Tribe
As we move through the first days of the new year and many are establishing their resolutions, maybe it’s time that we all take a moment to look deep into our own hearts and answer the question: “What do you stand for?” Through some soul searching, we can hope to glean some insight into our mission as educators and our vision for the new year. After all, our students shouldn’t be the only ones who have a mission and goals for the upcoming year. … More What’s Your Mission?
There is a disconnect that exists between the type of students that this country says that it wants and the systems that are created in order to honor the perceived values. Our county says that it wants to restore its dominance in innovation throughout the world and therefore needs people who are innovators. We say … More We Want Innovators, Right?