We're at T-minus-14 for Halloween weekend 2015. Every year about this time, I overhear snippets of conversation regarding costumes and upcoming parties, as I imagine many teachers do. What is difficult, I think, is a way to identify the line that distinguishes appropriate from offensive costumes.
Everyone who is even remotely interested in public education, and especially those who are passionate about the inequities and continuing effects of racism in education, should read this thought-provoking piece by Jose Vilson...
I understand that to hold “courageous conversations” means participating in a tango of lead and follow, learning to shift between my identities as a teacher of color and an activist who vows to change stereotypes about Latinas.
Many of us know the commercials where someone drinks something, then smacks his or her head, and says, "I should have had a V8." The point, of course, is that conscious choices are better than unconscious habit (short-term or short-line thinking) Can we keep that in mind this school year?
School start days in some schools in Nebraska and Colorado and Kansas were staggered through this week and the next. In other areas, year-round schools are finishing a three week break, and other states have adopted start dates that range from August 24 to sometime around Labor Day. Procedures will be set, students will get ready, and that all-important process of belonging is restarted for those who have been out-of-touch for the summer, or have migrated to a new school. That raises an important question for me, namely:
Just as there is an important distinction between being someone with an accounting degree and being a Certified Public Accountant, there are critical differences between someone who has been given a state license to supervise a classroom, and a teacher who has demonstrated highly accomplished practice in a specific area.
TSA PreCheck versus general security screening. Priority boarding versus general boarding. First class versus the holding tank of the main cabin. Our world is organized into the “have’s” and “have not’s,” with the class system most certainly alive and well. Let’s look at two of the places where it sticks its ugly nose: our schools and airports.
Online, you know when the line of civility is crossed, but it's tough to define sometimes. You're in a group phone or video conversation and the tone shifts. Someone responds with a brick-headed comment or message is designed to be offensive to another person. We've all been there in the Valley of the Trolls. And there are some solutions out there to help you in the process
What does authentic assessment look like in practice, and how does it differ from traditional assessment? What are the benefits — and challenges — of authentic assessment on teaching and learning? Over the next two months, educators from across the country will share the risks and reward of authentic assessment.