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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…

Let Joey Tribbiani Teach You a Little Something about Language and Learning

My family was away recently, which meant: Friends binge-watching! I’m neither proud nor ashamed, just uncharacteristically content. As I’ve shared…

Technology is Ruining the Performing Arts–and That’s a Good Thing. Here’s Why.

Teaching is a live performance art. We don’t discuss it that way enough, but it is precisely that. New teachers struggle…

What More Could Sally Ride’s School Have Done to Prepare Her to be an Astronaut?

Listen to this 1983 interview with astronaut Sally Ride by Gloria Steinem. What stands out to me most is both…

Yet Another Reason to Visit the New York Public Library: Authors’ Locks of Hair?

That’s not a typo. As shared in this recent New Yorker article, the famed library has lots of odd artifacts…

1776 the Musical Taught Me To Love History

I attribute my loves of history and music to a fifth grade viewing of 1776 that happened annually in my…

Colbert’s Warning About the Dangers of Texting

It is easy for parents and teachers to feel uncomfortable with the ubiquity of cell phones in children’s lives.  In…

A How-To Video for Using Your Telephone–From 1927

Next time you get yourself down for not knowing how to use some new technology in your classroom or home,…

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…

Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?

Leave it to a linguist like Columbia University’s John McWhorter to challenge popular fears that texting marks the end of language…

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…

To Think Differently, Try Speaking Differently

Pictures might be worth a thousand words, but words are worth a hundred billion neurons. In this excellent talk, cognitive…
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