Friday Writing Challenge: I Miss High School

Prompt: Something you miss I miss high school—not my teenage years but the years I spent teaching high school English. A few weeks ago, I went to the local high school with my son to see his friends play a 10-minute exhibition game as the half-time entertainment for the boys’ basketball game. As soon as IContinue reading “Friday Writing Challenge: I Miss High School”

Radio Interview: Inside Education with Sid Glassner

If you missed my radio interview on Inside Education with Sid Glassner, here is the link: Inside Education: Author Introduces the “Uncommon Core”  

Kaplan’s “Path to Recess”

Excellent post about what is truly important for success. The “soft skills” Kaplan refers to are the 25 things I wrote about in my book, Uncommon Core. “Reflecting on my experiences teaching both at this school and at more traditional public schools, I find myself wondering if the methodology that enables young children to achieveContinue reading “Kaplan’s “Path to Recess””

Uncommon Core Book Reading: Chapter 14

On September 10, 2015, I read Chapter 14: Teach Them to Be Problem Solvers from Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System at The RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. To purchase Uncommon Core, go to WordCrafts Press or Amazon. To schedule a book reading, speaking engagement, or interview contact me at pdhawk1010@msn.comContinue reading “Uncommon Core Book Reading: Chapter 14”

Uncommon Core Book Reading: Chapter 19

On August 24, 2015, I read Chapter 19: Teach Them How to Be Happy from Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. To purchase Uncommon Core, go to WordCrafts Press or Amazon. To schedule a book reading, speaking engagement, or interview contactContinue reading “Uncommon Core Book Reading: Chapter 19”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: June

What are the best ways a teacher can demonstrate leadership in the classroom? One of my former students asked me questions about my teaching experiences for a college class she was taking. One of those questions was “What encourages teachers to become leaders?” My answer to that question as well as a few others formedContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: June”

A Student’s Perspective: Common Core: One Size Does Not Fit All

Our students know what they need; we need to find a way to get their voices heard. By Gina Galjour Imagine an education system in which a student’s knowledge is evaluated by a set of fifty questions, a system in which the federal government decides what students need to know at the end of theContinue reading “A Student’s Perspective: Common Core: One Size Does Not Fit All”

Part 2: The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations

The last few weeks I’ve been putting together my thoughts on the current educational system to explain, in detail, why I wrote my resignation letter. Since it was a lengthy post, I decided to split it into two posts: Part 1: “A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core.” Part 2: “The Perfect Storm: Common Core,Continue reading “Part 2: The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations”

Part 1: A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core

The last few weeks I’ve been putting together my thoughts on the current educational system to explain, in detail, why I wrote my resignation letter. Since it was a lengthy post, I decided to split it into two posts: Part 1: “A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core.” Part 2: “The Perfect Storm: CommonContinue reading “Part 1: A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core”