Teacher Preparation

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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