Tuesday July 29th 2014

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Incorporating Thug Notes into the Urban Classroom

Incorporating Thug Notes into the Urban Classroom

At the end of the year students ostensibly tell me one lesson has stuck with them more than others. It is an activity I do every year to start the year, and here at the end of the year I am always surprised how deeply urban kids take that lesson to [...]

The Nuances of Teaching While White

The Nuances of Teaching While White

Last week, one of my black students was looking at a family picture I have on my wall by the door. He noticed my sister is married to a black man, and therefore my nieces and nephews are half black. “She married a black guy?” my student asked, [...]

How Shakespeare Explains Game of Thrones

How Shakespeare Explains Game of Thrones

(Spoiler alert, this post is for those who have finished all the Game of Thrones books)Richard III: Now is the winter of our discontent.Eddard Stark: Winter is coming.I’ve recently immersed myself in all things Shakespeare. I’m [...]

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 [...]

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