Saturday October 25th 2014

Free Curriculum: Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451


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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 [...]

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Connecticut

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Connecticut

I’ve given myself some time to sit and let it all sink in. This is hard to do when every channel, every person, every waking moment seems to be inundated with close-up coverage of the Connecticut tragedy. They want every angle, they want every [...]

Powerball Parent Outreach

Powerball Parent Outreach

Everyone involved in education, myself included, constantly harps on the importance of reaching out to parents, and how education is in their hands more so than even our schools. We talk and talk about needing better parent outreach, we imagine a [...]

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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