Tuesday July 22nd 2014

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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 [...]

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 [...]

One From the Vault: STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

One From the Vault: STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

With STAR testing going on this month across the nation, I thought I'd bring back last year's post about the insanity of high stakes testing, and how in fact, there is nothing at stake for the students taking the tests.Today teachers in my [...]

Suzy Lee Weiss and White People Problems

Suzy Lee Weiss and White People Problems

This week in the news a high school senior named Suzy Lee Weiss wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal satirizing the college admissions process of Ivy League colleges. She was upset that Harvard, Yale, and Princeton rejected her application and [...]

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 [...]

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