Category Archives: Teaching

Why Teachers Are Afraid

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This isn’t about teachers being afraid that they’ll be knifed in class, or have their cars stolen in the bad neighborhoods where they teach. Nor are they worried that a disruptive student will…

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Speak English Please: The Use of Educational Jargon

As the school year begins, teachers prepare for their parent night, often called Open House. In a short period of time, they attempt to communicate their expectations for the school year. Homework policies are explained, behavior expectations discussed, schedules and … Continue reading

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Teach happy. Teach right. Speak up! Depressed teachers …. and comics? Middle school teacher David Lee Finkle, shared his story of education “reforms” and mental health in his comic strip, Mr. Fitz.

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School’s Out for Summer!

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I’m always amazed at how many people speak about or make policies about teaching without knowing the pedagogy behind how students learn. Everything You Wanted to Know About the Theories Behind Teaching This cool graphic by Robert Millwood, shows just … Continue reading

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Teachers Gone Viral – Resigning the Profession Publicly

Several teachers have recently resigned from teaching via social media. This method of quitting their jobs has garnered attention. Some of these teacher’s resignations have had half a million hits on Youtube. Other teachers have published their resignations in their … Continue reading

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I’m (Over) Testing

True Confession:  this week I reserved a testing space, grabbed my list of kids to test, went to their classrooms, called out their names. They dutifully lined up, we filed down the hall. I put the We’re Testing sign on … Continue reading

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Tessellations are not boring.

Checking on a math and literacy project in a colleague’s classroom, and a third grade boy who is wicked smart told me smugly that he found tessellations boring. He had read about them in Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni … Continue reading

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“I Am Asian American” feature

One of my favorite magazines, Teaching Tolerance, has published my article in their  inaugural digital magazine (Summer 2013). Check it out: Teaching Tolerance. This article was inspired by reading about the prevalence of bullying with Asian-American students. The more I … Continue reading

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