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Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

An hour with Levar Burton talking about literacy. Hell, yes. Let me be honest: I haven’t watched this yet. BUT…
Jay-Z Reminds Us that When Students Have Something to Say, You Can’t Stop Them From Writing

Jay-Z Reminds Us that When Students Have Something to Say, You Can’t Stop Them From Writing

I love scouring the internet for hidden gems of insight about learning and teaching. The other night, I was binge-watching…
How to Boost Test Scores Without Changing Standards, Curricula, or Tests

How to Boost Test Scores Without Changing Standards, Curricula, or Tests

Let’s make a bet. I bet we can see impressive increases in achievement scores without touching academics. I’m not saying…
Step It Up: Girls Who Learn to Code Through Dance

Step It Up: Girls Who Learn to Code Through Dance

Dance and coding might seem like an odd pairing, but in fact they go together gloriously. One of the core…
Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Talking with a new teacher recently, I casually mentioned Reading Rainbow. A blank stare followed. Reading Rainbow, I reiterated. The…
A Beast of a Curriculum for a Monster of a Book: Frankenstein at 200

A Beast of a Curriculum for a Monster of a Book: Frankenstein at 200

Few books can help educators engage in more complex conversations about STEM than Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s fantastic tale of technological…
For All You Handwriting Fans Out There, You’re Welcome.

For All You Handwriting Fans Out There, You’re Welcome.

My handwriting has never been lovely. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the unique artistry of others’ penmanship. When…
Mathnet Reruns is What the STEM World Needs Right Now, So Here

Mathnet Reruns is What the STEM World Needs Right Now, So Here

Back when the WWE was the WWF, I watched a PBS show called Square One with the excitement of witnessing Macho…
This is NOT How We Want Our Daughters Thinking About Math

This is NOT How We Want Our Daughters Thinking About Math

When I was young, I remember going to the video store–pause, take that in–and scouring the shelves to find my…
Knife Meets Life: Jamie Oliver Made a Video with Philosopher Alain de Botton and it Cooks

Knife Meets Life: Jamie Oliver Made a Video with Philosopher Alain de Botton and it Cooks

When I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate, I couldn’t have explained then what drew me to the subject. I…
Poetry Just Might Be the Remedy for Reluctant Readers

Poetry Just Might Be the Remedy for Reluctant Readers

Author Jason Reynolds argues magnificently for using poetry as the gateway drug into reading. If you know a child is…
Lewis Black’s Bit On Education is No Laughing Matter

Lewis Black’s Bit On Education is No Laughing Matter

Comedian Lewis Black isn’t known for subtlety or timidity. That goes for his iconic cartoonish portrayals as well as his…
How Do We Help Students “Identify with Stories” Like This? Tell Us, Black Thought.

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…
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