Three essential responses to Trump that will change the world (or at least your part of it)

Charlottesville snapped something inside me. It wasn’t just the faces of those white guys carrying torches that were young enough to have sat inside one of my classrooms. It wasn’t just the video of a man driving his car into protestors where a girl almost the same age as my daughter was killed. It was... Continue Reading →

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Tests Can’t Tell The Future So Quit Giving Them So Much Power

He looked like a 7th-grader’s version of a gangster. Skinny as a minute, practice tattoos from his friend dotting the tops of his fingers, laughing at everything. He wore lots of red: a flat-brimmed baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, a red basketball jersey over a white T-shirt, red shoes, his neck roped with... Continue Reading →

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Here’s a Crazy Idea – Let Students Go To The Bathroom!

This whole conversation about who we should and shouldn’t let go into which bathrooms got me thinking about the most controversial thing I ever did as a teacher. I’d love to tell you it was teaching a banned book or something intellectual, but it was really all about the bathroom. I allowed kids to quietly... Continue Reading →

What If We’re Designing for Disengagement?

A favorite opening question of mine in professional development workshops is: What do you struggle with the most as a teacher? The answers are almost always: 1. Students’ lack of motivation 2. Students don’t value education 3. Parents aren’t supportive 4. Students don’t believe in themselves 5. Technology distracts students These comments are not facts,... Continue Reading →

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