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Arts + Letters

Try Not to Stare at this Typewriter with Voice Recognition. Just Try.

I love this voice-activated typewriter, not because it is practical or will make one’s writing life easier. But rather because…
Culture

In the Wake of Yesterday’s School Shooting, Look Up “Kakistocracy”

When children don’t succeed in school, kakistocrats blame the teacher. When children don’t survive in school (like yesterday’s shooting in…
Arts + Letters

“I know a lot of talented ruins,” says James Baldwin

How many times have you heard children–and adults–refer to themselves as “not a math person” or “not a reader”? Children in…
Arts + Letters

Umberto Eco: Internet As “Formidable Complement” to Books

In this posthumous collection of essays, entitled Chronicles of a Liquid Society Umberto Eco offers his timeless perspective on matters…
Arts + Letters

Black Thought and the Value of Literature

When Black Thought performed his epic freestyle on Hot 97, the video hit 1M+ views within a day. I myself…
Administrators

You KNOW Learning Happens Here

What life and energy Bronx middle school ELA teacher Laura Weiss brings to her craft–including the front of her room.…
Culture

This One Question Changes Your Whole Education Paradigm

I invite you to try something with your colleagues in schools, districts, universities, and educational organizations. Ask them one question…
Administrators

Quick, Quantitative, and Consistent Way to Track Student Engagement

Never underestimate the power of a clipboard, a pencil, and a well-designed piece of paper. When students see that a…
Arts + Letters

1984 Quotes That Are Way Too Timely

Should you need a reminder why we teach literature, I give you these lines from Orwell’s novel. Via Book Riot
Arts + Letters

To the ELA Nerds in the Bronx I Met with Yesterday

I had the pleasure of sitting in on an ELA team meeting in a middle school in the Bronx the…
Arts + Letters

Semi-colon Drama

Some have a love-hate relationship with semi-colons; mine is all love.
Culture

Alexa, Can You Make Me a Better Teacher?

Using technology to improve teaching is nothing new. But the success of artificially intelligent voice-activated devices like the Amazon Echo and…
Culture

The Pedagogy of Plato’s Cave

If you are reading this, you probably read Plato at some point.  Or, you were probably assigned to read Plato…
Culture

Harry Potter’s Battle for Real-World Learning

You know Harry Potter.  But did you know the young wizard was a champion of constructivist pedagogy?  Based on this…
Culture

What We Can Learn About Teaching from Dangerous Minds

How real are portrayals of teachers in film?  In this clip from Dangerous Minds, we see a white female teacher…
Bullying

Chris Rock on School, Jail, and the Everpresent Reality of Kicking Ass

We’ve all heard how important it is that what goes on in school complements “real life.”  (Just check out what…
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