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How Do We Help Students “Identify with Stories” Like This? Tell Us, Black Thought.

If you read Gradgrind’s, you know I love Black Thought’s work. He does it again with his insights in this…

Give the Gift of Strindberg and Helium to Someone you Love: Watch, Ponder, and Be

Nothing says HOLIDAY like a witty philosophical cartoon about brooding Swedish playwright Johan August Strindberg and his chipper castrato pinkish balloon…

Does This SNL Poetry Lesson Go Horribly Wrong or Horribly Right? You Tell Me.

It goes without saying that teaching is almost always portrayed in television and film thinly. Teaching is a craft, a…

Saba Talking about Kendrick Lamar’s Verses is How I Dream of Students Talking About Literature

There’s so much we can learn about teaching literature–and much more–by watching the way artists talk about each other’s work.…

That Not-To-Mathy Explanation of Algorithms You’ve Been Dreaming About

Weapons of Math Destruction is an erudite and accessible analysis of how algorithms perpetuate inequity in society. But sometimes quick and…

What’s the Right Way to Teach Thanksgiving? Watch This and Decide for Yourself.

This PBS report does a sound job in presenting the realities of trying to teach Thanksgiving in schools. Specifically, the…

Unsure How To Explicate a Text? Let T.I. Explain It Perfectly

Analyzing texts is a core skill in school and life. But can be really difficult for students and teachers get…

In Case There Was Any Doubt that Punctuation Is Political…This.

Watch how an 18th century typo radically impacted the way an entire nation came to understand one of its most…

You Are Probably Misreading Frost’s ‘Road Not Taken’ Poem, So Says Frost

Oh, what I would give to be teaching high school English right now! After reading this excellent essay in The…

Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…

What You Learn Reading 5 Million Books at Once

Something incredible happens when you read through machines. You can see things in texts you would be hard pressed to…

Mathematician + Magician = Mathemagician. And Your Day Just Got Better.

Put your math anxiety aside. Prepare to be amazed as Arthur Benjamin, a self-declared “mathemagician” out paces calculators as he…

Teaching is Trash. No, Really. It Is and That’s Wonderful. Watch this Guy!

Every teacher should start what they are doing right now and watch this Ted talk by Arvind Gupta. Gupta demonstrates how…

An MIT Icon Breaks Down Why Kids Need to Learn to Code

Watch Mitch Resnick of MIT’s Media Lab explain why coding is important for children to learn today, what it is…

What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?

In the name of rigor and accountability, reforms that overemphasize career readiness and elaborate schemas of skill sets might actually…

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…
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