Uncle Phil Radio Show Nov 11, 2016

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 ourContinue reading “Uncle Phil Radio Show Nov 11, 2016”

The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October 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, eachContinue reading “The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October 2016”

The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: September 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 coloredContinue reading “The Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: September 2016”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: August 2016

How do you help students accept and work well with people of different beliefs, cultures, languages, socio-economic statuses, education backgrounds, and learning styles?  Acceptance and respect are best taught through example. As a teacher, I set the mood, tone, and pace of the classroom. If I mistreat any student in my classroom, it will giveContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: August 2016”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: July 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 atContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: July 2016”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: June 2016

How do we inspire the best and the brightest to become educators? We have to make the profession a respectable position. Right now, American teachers are scapegoats for everything wrong with our society. This is not true in other countries. How do we bring respect to the profession? This multiple step process must happen simultaneouslyContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: June 2016”

YouTube, Armor, and Winning the War

As some of you know, Ian has a YouTube channel (link). He’s been making and uploading videos since he was 7 years old. I have been monitoring his site. I get an email whenever someone comments on his videos, and then I delete and report anyone who makes a nasty comment. He’s been called namesContinue reading “YouTube, Armor, and Winning the War”

Melissa Bowers: 7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore

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 teachersContinue reading “Melissa Bowers: 7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: March 2016

What are the best examples you have seen of teachers closing the gender gap in education? I wrestled with this question for a few weeks because I thought the question implied that the educational gender gap meant that male students have the upper hand. However, I think the current state of education favors female students.Continue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: March 2016”

Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education

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 helpContinue reading “Joshua Katz’s TEDx Talk: Toxic Culture of Education”