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Wyclef Jean’s New Album Starts with a Poetic Indictment of Public Education

Wyclef Jean’s New Album Starts with a Poetic Indictment of Public Education

You ever notice how schools and learning are portrayed in music? It’s seldom well. Someone needs to analyze that. I’m…
My 15-year Bookish Quest FINALLY Comes to an End

My 15-year Bookish Quest FINALLY Comes to an End

When I was an undergraduate, I double majored in philosophy and English. (Readers who know my scholarship can attest to…
Literacy Nerds: Stop Now. Look at this Visualization of Name Misspelling

Literacy Nerds: Stop Now. Look at this Visualization of Name Misspelling

I am at peace with my misspellings, and have had a fair share of gaffes. But to see how thousands…
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…
Teach FM: Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and Real-World Learning

Teach FM: Harry Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and Real-World Learning

In this episode of my podcast Teach FM, I break down a clip from Harry Potter and the Order of…
Is Love the Key to Learning?

Is Love the Key to Learning?

Columnist David Brooks penned a commentary in which he argues that students’ emotional relationships with instructors are essential to their…
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…
The Common Swore: What Swear Words Teach Us About Communicating With Others

The Common Swore: What Swear Words Teach Us About Communicating With Others

I swear a lot. It’s not something I do intentionally. Just the way I think and feel and use language…
Philosophy? Good. Card Games? Good.

Philosophy? Good. Card Games? Good.

This is another level of philosophical phatness. Just check out this game called 100 Questions from Alain de Botton‘s The…
Drink and Learn: The Fine Pedagogy of Wine Folly

Drink and Learn: The Fine Pedagogy of Wine Folly

I am blown away by how well the team at Wine Folly help the broader world learn about wine. Honestly.…
Clearly There is a Preferred Place in Which to Watch this History of Toilets

Clearly There is a Preferred Place in Which to Watch this History of Toilets

There really is so much to learn in this world. This particular topic wasn’t on my list. Butt now it…
Princess Bride Temporary Tattoos are a Thing!

Princess Bride Temporary Tattoos are a Thing!

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to DYE! I’ll wait for the eye rolls to…
If Learning Requires Risk and Failure, then Perhaps We Need a Museum of Failure. Oh, This Guy’s Got One

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

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…
Ever Date (or Marry) a Teacher? Well done. Now Read This List and Nod Away

Ever Date (or Marry) a Teacher? Well done. Now Read This List and Nod Away

A light-hearted list of all the little quirks and joys of being in a relationship with an educator. I can…
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