Arts + Letters
3 weeks ago
Ta-Nahisi Coates on How Schools Hold Children Back
In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers this poignant passage about his experience with school as a child. For…
4 weeks ago
Readers Confess Why They DIDN’T Read the Books Teachers Assigned in School
Ever skip a reading you were supposed to do for school, and it didn’t really matter? You’re not alone. In…
4 weeks ago
Teachers, Your Students Are Your Greatest Resources. Watch this Powerful Talk…by a Kid.
Too often, we position teachers in ways that divide them from their students. Teachers are the adults; students are the…
July 3, 2018
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…
June 21, 2018
One Piece of Advice for Any Teacher, Anywhere
I work with lots of teachers and I am in lots of schools. It occurred to me not so long…
June 15, 2018
Harry Potter Teaches Us How Meaning is Socially Constructed
It’s a great clip to use for exploring how meaning is socially constructed. From Harry Potter and the Chamber of…
June 12, 2018
What Do We Know about Literacy in the Content-Areas? Eavesdrop on These Experts to Find Out.
Literacy belongs to all teachers, regardless of the grade and subject you teach. Still, it can be challenging to understand…
June 8, 2018
An Opera Singer Shares His Secret to Learning Languages
So much of learning and teaching occurs through language. The more we understand the contours of languages–not just traditional languages…
June 7, 2018
Society and Schools Must Do More to Value the Intelligence of Everyday Workers
Education professor Mike Rose describes just how wonderfully intelligent and creative everyday people are in their everyday work. He challenges the idea that…
June 6, 2018
Forget What You Know About “Correct” English. It Never Really Existed. Here’s Why.
Imagine for a moment that what you think you know about things like grammar and correctness of language is actually…
May 30, 2018
Why is English So Damn Hard to Learn? There are 3 Secrets to It.
English is really hard to learn. As the number of students who require support learning English continues to increase throughout…
May 28, 2018
Babies Are Like Little Linguistic Statisticians
A thoroughly intriguing talk about the ways babies learn language. Researcher Patricia Kuhl suggests that babies keep track of sounds…
May 24, 2018
What If the Crisis in Public Education Is Not What You Think?
Over the past month, teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina led mass protests, accusing state…
May 22, 2018
All of Math in One Map? See For Yourself.
I love this visualization of how different fields in mathematics inter-relate. For both teachers and learners, representing a discipline this…
May 16, 2018
Stop Teaching Computer Science. Start “Embedding” It.
I’ve said it before: if we are serious about teaching computer science in K-12 schools, we have to reimagine how…
May 15, 2018
Watch How President Reagan Introduced A Nation at Risk
You have probably heard of A Nation at Risk–the Reagan-era report from which today’s education reforms come–but have you ever…