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Teach FM: All the Presidents’ Students (How Presidents Frame Public Education)

Teach FM: All the Presidents’ Students (How Presidents Frame Public Education)

Just a friendly reminder: education is not in the federal Constitution. Instead, the United States has fifty different definitions of…
Advice to A New Teacher Who Messaged Me on LinkedIn

Advice to A New Teacher Who Messaged Me on LinkedIn

Join me on a rainy walk to the subway as I share my damp advice with an undergraduate student who…
Podcast Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

Podcast Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

No intro music, no editing. Just one take, real pedagogical talk. Rough and direct commentary on how to approach assessment…
Teach FM: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century–But Not in the Way You Think

Teach FM: Schools are Stuck in the 19th Century–But Not in the Way You Think

You often hear that the public education system is stuck in the 19th century. I agree, but not in the…
Teach FM: Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and Real-World Learning

Teach FM: Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and Real-World Learning

In this episode of my podcast Teach FM, I break down a clip from Harry Potter and the Order of…
Listen: The Digital Age Really Isn’t Destroying Reading the Way You Think

Listen: The Digital Age Really Isn’t Destroying Reading the Way You Think

Ever hear that reading is in sharp decline as social media and digital devices sweep away traditional forms of reading?…
Mandela and the Shakespeare Bible of Robben Island

Mandela and the Shakespeare Bible of Robben Island

On a recent trip to Cape Town, my family and I visited Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent decades of…
A Soldier’s Journey from the Battlefield to the Kindergarten Classroom

A Soldier’s Journey from the Battlefield to the Kindergarten Classroom

Too often, we only hear teachers’ stories when there is tragedy or strife or politics on the line. We need…
The Semicolon That Almost Destroyed Texas

The Semicolon That Almost Destroyed Texas

Like me, you probably don’t fully appreciate the importance of punctuation and grammar in making society function. Fortunately, Malcolm Gladwell’s…
Listen to Dewey’s Democracy and Education–for Free

Listen to Dewey’s Democracy and Education–for Free

It’s an iconic work in the philosophy of education, but have you read it?  No? That’s OK, now you can…
Black Thought and the Value of Literature

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…
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Are Private Schools Immoral?

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Are Private Schools Immoral?

This powerful interview by The Atlantic is well worth a read for anyone concerned about issues of race and public…
FDR on Educational Inequity in 1938. Could’ve Been Written Today.

FDR on Educational Inequity in 1938. Could’ve Been Written Today.

When you read and listen to enough presidential speeches about education, it becomes unsurprising that American presidents tend to frame…
And this is How to Teach Writing in Science Class

And this is How to Teach Writing in Science Class

I used to do a project with my 9th grade English students where they’d rap literary critiques of Chaucer’s Canterbury…
Cafeteria Food & Race

Cafeteria Food & Race

Listen to this episode Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast series Revisionist History, where he looks at how two universities’ decisions to serve particular…
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