Teacher Preparation

If Learning Requires Risk and Failure, then Perhaps We Need a Museum of Failure. Oh, This Guy’s Got One

I once wrote about the difference between inquiry and query. Inquiry is about posing authentic questions without any real understanding…

ELA + Technology = You MUST See This

Look no further for guidance on how to integrate technology into English classrooms. A commission of ELA and tech experts…

My Top 10 Questions for Elevating Students’ Writing (and My Own)

It can be a real challenge for teachers and administrators to weave together all the different standards and priorities. At…

A List of What They Don’t Teach You in School, According to Neil Gaiman

The famed author of Coraline offers his terse and insightful observations on what gets taught in school. And what doesn’t.…

Is the Teaching at Hogwarts Culturally-Responsive? Decide Who Wins the Ladson-Billings Cup!

What would happen if education icon Gloria Ladson-Billings went to Hogwarts and evaluated the professors in terms of culturally-responsive pedagogy?…

5 Words that Will Change the Way You Teach

I riff in class sometimes. My hands start waving around and I get swept away responding to a student’s insight…

What a Squirrel in City Hall Park Teaches Us about Learning

I recently asked my education students to conduct a Learning Walk. It goes like this: They have 45 minutes to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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