Part 1 of some of the anti-racist educators.… Read More Series: White People Homework: Educators Part 1: Doing the Work(16)
“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.” ― Audre Lorde My friend John Spencer recently explored and wrote a wonderful piece about the “superhero” culture of teaching. It’s targeted toward new teachers, but his advice and insight are valuable for us veterans, too. I’ll pick up the conversation at that point–some advice for us more… Read More break it down break downs
My head hurt all weekend since an odd idea came to me late last week. Did you ever get an off-hand comment that seemed vaguely critical and out of context the only explanation could be it was growing in the background for a long time? Writing is processing, and thinking about how to frame… Read More the perils of control
//giphy.com/embed/3o7TKDNV8ZqWei6iFq via GIPHY Without going into the long backstory, recently someone told me students in my class were confused and whispering to each other, seeking clarity. They said this like it was a bad thing. Oh, silly teacher…! Well, it’s not. In fact, it’s an awesome thing. A tremendous thing…dare I say….maybe one of the… Read More Confused? Good. You're thinking.
Does anyone want to become a judge because they know how to write a claim, evidence and reasoning paragraph? Has anyone played scales on a clarinet and decided music was their life’s calling? Did you ever fall in love with someone because of their SAT scores? No? Me neither. In fact, I’m sensing legions of… Read More You know nothing, Mrs. Love.
@mrskellylove Zinn’s take on the gentrification of Sesame Street? That would be priceless. — John Spencer (@spencerideas) May 28, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Must give credit to John Spencer once again for this idea. He tweeted: Now the thought of Chuck Palahniuk writing the back story for a cartoon intrigues me, and I began to think of… Read More The first rule of write club…
My friend Philip Cummings recently posted something on social media that caught my eye, “Letting Go of Learning Styles” by Amber and Andy Ankowski on the PBS Parents site. This article busts the myth of learning styles, one of education’s most holiest of shrines, and offers much more authentic alternatives. And the Ankowskis have a point: no… Read More Graveyard of Jargon
In a recent story on NPR, ‘Information Overload and the Tricky Art of Single-Tasking,’ there is a link to an Infomagical challenge–making information overload disappear. My relationship analogy with technology feels that the more tech I have/use, my lungs have de-evolved from breathing air to turning into gills. I am so submerged in this soup I don’t… Read More Information overload.
TL:DR ‘be happy in your time management’ Apologies to John Spencer, but dang, he does give me good ideas. He recently sent this great post about how to work a 40 hour week. I have included his words here, verbatim. Before you hunker down and start reading, I want to point out the first tip,… Read More Purple Unicorns II: Time Bandits and the Case of the Great Umbrage
Whereby I confess my most egregious professional sins and meditate, lighting candles to Grant, Wiggins, and Burke, in order to get my head back on right. And a favor: please do not make assumptions about where I’m going with this, and be honest with yourself–it is a rare human who’s never experienced a pang of professional… Read More The core.