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Saturday April 19th 2014
We Need Teachers Who Specialize in Teaching

We Need Teachers Who Specialize in Teaching

I just finished Amanda Ripley’s book The Smartest Kids in the World. Not a bad read if you are interested in a quick look at how Finland, Poland, and South Korea structure education. A bad read if you want to know anything about American schools [...]

F@#% What You Heard—There Ain’t No Money in Education

F@#% What You Heard—There Ain’t No Money in Education

You’ve probably heard this statement before: The United States spends more money per student than any other country in the world.Ninja please.I think this oft-quoted “fact” needs to be drastically reworded. It is like a sentence one of [...]

Teaching in a World of Cliches

Teaching in a World of Cliches

I was walking out of the movie theater with my wife. We have an infant and a toddler, so this must have been a couple years ago, which would have been the last time I saw a movie. She went to the restroom and as I waited I came face to face with one [...]

Our Elementary View of Education

Our Elementary View of Education

Yesterday on Yahoo I saw this article: 5 Most Regretted Jobs. I knew what was coming next. Four of the five jobs don’t require a college degree: Mechanic, Bank Teller, Delivery Driver, Cashier. Four jobs one gets from graduating from high school. [...]

Forget Women’s Studies, We Need Men’s Studies

Forget Women’s Studies, We Need Men’s Studies

Women are taking over the world.Or at least the United States. That is what you’ll see if you look at today’s college campuses. Women took the ball from the civil rights movement and have been officially running with it for decades now. We [...]

The Art of Grading: 8 Tips to Bring Equity to Your Grading

The Art of Grading: 8 Tips to Bring Equity to Your Grading

Teaching is an art, I believe that fiercely. But what is it that makes us say teaching is on par with ballet, oil painting, and music? I’ll tell you, it is the breathtaking execution, the creativity, the daring, the commitment, and the skill. It [...]

You Wanna Talk About Flipping Classrooms?

You Wanna Talk About Flipping Classrooms?

I took my 9th grade English class to the Tech Lab this week to type up Autobiographical Narratives. In today’s world of computers and smartphones, one would think this activity would be, for my students, like coming home. This is the generation of [...]

The Two Most Important Needs of Students

The Two Most Important Needs of Students

As far as I can see, the high school students I work with every year have two very distinct needs. Sure, they need to learn the content, they need to be prepared for the behaviors and work ethic of the work force, they need help with the hidden [...]

If You Teach Them One Thing This Year, Make It This

If You Teach Them One Thing This Year, Make It This

I’m teaching 9th graders again, and again it amazes me how they seem to do little or no reading in middle school, and almost no writing (thank you high-stakes test prep). I ask them on the first day, “Does anyone know what a Topic Sentence [...]

There Aren’t Happy Endings for Teachers in the Trenches

There Aren’t Happy Endings for Teachers in the Trenches

Walking around a high school campus at this time of year you will notice the air floats a little lighter and the sun reflects off smiles a little brighter. Everyone is looking forward to the last day, and the mood can aptly be described as [...]

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Guest Articles

The Conditioning of Urban Teenagers

The Conditioning of Urban Teenagers

Here is a great article from Rockman, a social worker/blogger who works in an inner-city high school in Brooklyn. Even though we're on opposite coasts, we all face the same problems, and so do our youth. If you get a chance, check out his blog at: http://realteenissues.com/If teenagers can be conditioned to believe that “getting [...]

Education is Personal, Not Corporate

With the school year rapidly approaching, we've decided to highlight some other voices around the educational world. Here are some great thoughts from teacher extraordinaire Kimberely Gilles.Education is Personal, Not CorporateOkay, here’s my truth.  Everything about education is personal.  And that is exactly what the national [...]

An Interview with Editor-In-Chief of Red Ochre Lit, Mimi Ferebee, on Matt’s New Novel “The Darkness Inside Me is Sparkling”

An Interview with Editor-In-Chief of Red Ochre Lit, Mimi Ferebee, on Matt’s New Novel “The Darkness Inside Me is Sparkling”

***Interview with The Darkness Inside Me is Sparkling author Mateo Amaral***from the December Issue of Red Ochre Lit: A JournalMimi Ferebee: Mateo I am thrilled to have you as our interviewee this month. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you this year and I am happy to present you to RED OCHRE’s readership. First, I think we [...]