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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. [...]

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 [...]

The Importance of Portfolios at Year’s End

The Importance of Portfolios at Year’s End

One of the things that kill me about the end of each school year is on the last day when the kids say, “Well, now that I’ve finished Spanish II I never have to speak Spanish again.” Or when they take everything in their binder, and sometimes [...]

Teaching for Real: The Book

Teaching for Real: The Book

Some of you may have noticed the volume of my blog postings has fallen off dramatically in the last few months. There is a very good reason for this. Part of it is the two-year old at home, part of it is that I am a full time teacher, and the last [...]

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

One of the new buzz terms, especially in the emerging world of charter schools, is the idea of Service Learning Projects. SLPs are generally projects undertaken by students where they identify a need in the community and address it through community [...]

Curriculum Upload: Teaching Fahrenheit 451 in the Urban Classroom

Curriculum Upload: Teaching Fahrenheit 451 in the Urban Classroom

One of my favorite books to teach is Fahrenheit 451 by the late Ray Bradbury. Not only has it withstood the test of time, I feel that with each new evolution in social media, and with each new advancement in how we consume media using technology, [...]

New Year’s Resolution: Start Beef With PhDs

One of the cool things about being a teacher who has been around for awhile is just before Winter Break, all your former students who are now in college stop by and pay you a visit. It is always amazing how grown up they seem and they strut in with [...]

A Non-Finnomenon: A Real Teacher’s Review of The Finland Phenomenon

A Non-Finnomenon: A Real Teacher’s Review of The Finland Phenomenon

I finally got around to watching The Finland Phenomenon, the documentary by Tony Wagner, an Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard University, about the cold Scandinavian country that has blown away worldwide education with a snowstorm of success. [...]

The Real Reason More Teachers Are Needed

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney say they are advocates for hiring more teachers. While anyone paying close attention knows that not only does Romney’s plan call for cutting teachers drastically, he also believes smaller class sizes don’t [...]

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

Over the last couple of years I’ve heard a discussion at my school about teaching Math on a block day. Here at my High Poverty school, we have a modified 6 period day. On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, the kids go to all 6 classes. On Wednesday they [...]

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