Experience Is a Teacher--Let Us Learn

In a recent post, I portray experience as an unequivocally good thing, representing adeptness, strength and style. And why wouldn’t it be?…


5 Minutes

A Different Approach to Formative Assessment Makes Practice Time Count

Want to spend class time wisely? Formative assessments can help. The trick: taking the time to analyze the data and put it to use. You can do this in…


7 Minutes

3 strategies for bringing argument and critique into Common Core math classes

Math is supposed to be cut and dried, right? Do the work, find the one correct answer, and… you’re done. We must retire this way of thinking. The…


7 Minutes

Why Teachers Don't Like The Term "Best Practices"

In the beginning of last year, I got into a tiff with a colleague around the use of diagnostics in class. On her end, she believes everyone should…


4 Minutes

Five Things Busy Teachers Need to Know About Writing a Book

Back in February, my good friend John Norton interviewed me for Middleweb -- one of the single best resources for middle school teachers that I've…


7 Minutes

Students, poverty, and stress: Teacherpreneurs can help

One in ten U.S. children live in deep poverty. Teacherpreneurs can bridge the spaces between classrooms and communities to enact the policies…


5 Minutes

Summer School: A (Teacher's) Midsummer Night's Dream

I just finished teaching a summer session here at the community college, and I’m ecstatic! Before you think I’m having a sun stroke, yes, I said…


6 Minutes

Teacherpreneurs in Teacher Preparation: What I Did During Summer Vacation

In my new role as summer adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University I had the privilege of teaching an extremely small class. I had five…


6 Minutes

What you can do when the arts are missing from your elementary school

When I first began teaching, the arts were part of elementary school students’ daily curriculum. Tight budgets, high stakes testing, and a heavy…


5 Minutes

Why Are They So Angry? Race 101

As we were dismissing school one day, a young white teacher walked up to me in the hallway, clearly frustrated, and asked, “Why are they so angry?”…


6 Minutes