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Knowing laws that affect educators can clarify rights and responsibilities and minimize negative consequences
A few years ago, a colleague of mine at a local middle school lamented that he had to stop being a volunteer leader for his church's youth group. When I asked him why, he said he had heard someone on talk radio say...
Embracing humor in the classroom invites creativity, reduces stress, and enhances retention
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
– Victor Borge
In my first year of teaching, I taught kindergarten. There are moments from that year that parallel later moments teaching middle...
Understanding the limitations of education research and accepting responsibility for contributing to moving it forward
Most studies in education are observational studies. This means that investigators pore over data previously collected by others. They seek correlations between different variables. This approach is far less expensive...
Examining the cultural narrative around these ideologies
As with most things in education, context can be everything. A skill taught in isolation from meaningful context, for example, is rarely learned, and often becomes grist for blaming the student for his lack of...
Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?
The faculty lounge crackles with disagreements about the new grading policies suggested by the standards-based grading committee. The English department debates whether or not grammar proficiency is a requisite for...
Benefits of quick access to working memory and 25 memorization techniques
In a world in which we can always look things up, memorization still matters. Depending on the situation, engagement, meaning, progress, expediency, and safety are increased significantly if participants have the...
Ben reads below grade level, and knows that if he whines about how unfair school is, his dad will cave in and do most of the work for him.
Jacqueline knows how to do the math, but she doesn't think she should...
Some universities blame the poor academic performance of their young adult students on the poor quality instruction they think students received in high schools. High schools blame the middle schools, middle schools...
Politics, Racism, Religious,
Classism, Sexual Orientation:
Do Teachers Remain
Neutral or Share their
Beliefs with Students?
I struggle to respect the opinions of those who believe the earth is only 6,000 years...
Let's interpret the data as it's written: 80, 90, 0, check, check-minus, absent, 55, 87, absent, 77, one day late 90, check, 90, check, 12, 91, check, check, 88, absent, 84, check, check, check, check, check, absent,...