If I were calling the shots, I would make sure professional development was relevant and appropriate for the grade level and subject matter. Too often teachers are forced to sit through a professional development class that does not apply to the subject and/or grade level they teach. One year, all of my high-school colleagues had … Continue reading July Discussion: If you were calling the shots how would you change ongoing professional development for teachers in your community?
What do teachers most want to tell parents? “Effective parenting refers to carrying out the responsibilities of raising and relating to children in such a manner that the child is well prepared to realize his or her full potential as a human being. It is a style of raising children that increases the chances of … Continue reading May Discussion with Global Teacher Bloggers: What do teachers most want to tell parents?
How do we teach young people the rigorous critical thinking and research skills to distinguish news from propaganda? How do we ensure the next generation is one which communicates civically, values honesty, and recognizes reality? First, we have to have courses for young people to take that are centered on critical thinking. Most college campuses … Continue reading The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February 2017
I know too many people who are not educators (and some who are) that are in favor of the choice movement in education. The biggest reason people want choice is to improve the education for their own children and then create competition so that other schools will be forced to improve or shut down. Unfortunately, … Continue reading The Problem with Choice
I had the pleasure of talking about my book on the Uncle Phil Show on Friday. It's a bit long, but a great hour-long discussion with Phil and Marshall. We had some deep conversations about education, bullying and how to help our children in this climate of fear, but mostly, we laughed and bonded over our … Continue reading Uncle Phil Radio Show Nov 11, 2016
How do we better engender a healthy, happy, and productive school environment where both teachers and students can flourish? In Martin E.P. Seligman's Flourish (published April 5, 2011 with Simon and Schuster), he writes about the five elements people need in order to flourish. It goes beyond trying to find happiness: “Flourishing rests on five pillars, each … Continue reading The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October 2016
How can we maximize the value of art and music in education and how can it be blended with more traditional subjects (math, science, history, etc.)? I teach at a community college, and a professor there created an art therapy club for professors, adjunct, and staff. Nine people attended the first session where they colored … Continue reading The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: September 2016
What are the important skills, behaviors, and attitudes that students need to become contributing global citizens? These skills, behaviors, and attitudes are so important that I wrote a book about them. My book goes into detail about the specific skills and offers suggestions for parents, teachers, and students on how to cultivate these traits at … Continue reading Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: July 2016
This is the post I wish I wrote. Melissa Bowers captures the plight of a teacher perfectly. There are many reasons to leave the profession, which many teachers, including me, have done. The only reason to stay is for our students. Remember that when you want to be overly critical of the public school teachers … Continue reading Melissa Bowers: 7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore
Joshua Katz describes perfectly the plight of American education, the damage it does to our lower achieving students, and the super villains behind it all. "We need to pay attention to our students and who they are. . . . How can we help them be better students? . . . How can we help … Continue reading Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education