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”

Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself

This week’s prompt: Ten interesting facts about yourself. I’m a first generation American, born from Macedonian immigrants. This fact, however, is not what makes it interesting. What is interesting is what I gleaned from my family and what I have tried to pass on to my children. My parents and grandparents experienced America in a completelyContinue reading “Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself”

The Philanthropic Experience: A Student’s Perspective

One of my current college composition student wrote a personal narrative essay that beautifully illustrates one of my ideas to reform education ( ). This is what I proposed in that post: The Philanthropic Experience For those students who don’t want to continue their formal education but aren’t ready to go out into the worldContinue reading “The Philanthropic Experience: A Student’s Perspective”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February

What are the top ten ways that administrators can help new teachers avoid burning out? Mentors: New teachers need to pair up with master teachers so that they have mentors they can turn to for help. There are so many problems and issues new teachers face their first years of teaching that it is difficultContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February”

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”  

Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

Inside Out I know. This is a Wednesday, but when I started writing about Inside Out last Friday, I realized this movie was a post I needed to write about, not for writing practice, but to explore why it impacted me so profoundly. When I taught American Literature, I told my students that we studyContinue reading “Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: January

What lessons can teachers offer to designers of software for the classroom? Software designers need to know these eight things if they are going to create a program for the classroom: Teachers and students must be able to access the program within the school, so designers need to understand the various filters and how theyContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: January”

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””

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: November

“What are the top games (online or video games) that can help students learn?” In order to answer this month’s question, I had to go to the expert–my 10-year-old son. When I asked him which game has taught him the most, without hesitation, he answered Call of Duty. This is what he had to say:Continue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: November”

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October

Can social media have a role to play in managing a successful classroom? Social media can be used in certain classrooms successfully. If teachers need to send out announcements, Facebook and Twitter meet students where they spend much of their time. There is no better application available to send out last-minute reminders or changes ofContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October”