Parents in Education

If parents really want to make a difference in their children’s education, they have the power to do so. Parents can truly be the biggest change agent at their schools. They can bring about change quicker than teachers and administrators combined. How do I know this? I have seen parents use

To Be or Not To Be…A Teacher: The Architecture of the Classroom

In my last Education Reformation post about Teachers’ Roles, I defined teachers as guides or facilitators to students’ acquisition of knowledge. Truly, what else can we be? Teachers don’t have all the knowledge anymore. Back before the internet age, teachers were expected to be the experts of their content. In conjunction with the textbooks, teachers dispersedContinue reading “To Be or Not To Be…A Teacher: The Architecture of the Classroom”

To Be, or not To Be…a Teacher: Teachers’ Roles

I truly hate the present trend of teacher bashing: The belief that all the problems in our country are because teachers have failed us. I hope my past posts on education show that teachers are teaching in a broken system; the system needs to be fixed so that teachers can provide their students what theyContinue reading “To Be, or not To Be…a Teacher: Teachers’ Roles”

High School Reformation

In my last post I discussed the experiential learning taking place in my journalism class. I believe this type of class is necessary at the middle-school and high-school level, but I am not suggesting that it’s the only type of class students will take. Students will continue to get traditional instruction in other classes, but byContinue reading “High School Reformation”

Experiential Learning Is the Key

Education Reformation Blog In my last post, I wrote about project-based learning at the middle-school level. I know many people have had bad experiences with group projects, myself included. My vision for project-based learning does not come from the projects that use poster board and glitter. My vision comes from a class I actually teach now.

School of Discovery

Education Reformation Blog Let’s face it: Middle school is not working. All by itself, the age range is a difficult time of life for people, not to mention the nature of the middle school model. Eleven to fifteen year olds are experiencing some drastic changes to their minds and bodies. Research has shown that thisContinue reading “School of Discovery”

The Finland Phenomenon

Education Reformation Blog Recently, I saw the film The Finland Phenomenon a documentary by Dr. Tony Wagner. The film is “an inside look at the world’s finest secondary education system. . . . through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland’s rank as theContinue reading “The Finland Phenomenon”

True Reformation

Education Reformation Blog In my earlier Education Reformation posts, I wrote about the necessity for complete reformation because the current trends in education are only succeeding in creating a downward cycle. True Reformation has to begin with the end goal in mind. What is the end goal? It should be to create life-long learners, effective communicators,Continue reading “True Reformation”

32 Things To Teach Your Children so They’re Successful in School: Part 3

Education Reformation Blog Part 1 concentrates on what to teach for learning-ready behavior (academic and social). Part 2 concentrates on the ethical characteristics of successful students. Part 3 concentrates on knowledge and skills students may or may not receive in school, so it is essential that parents make sure children have a solid foundation in these categories.Continue reading “32 Things To Teach Your Children so They’re Successful in School: Part 3”

32 Things To Teach Your Children so They’re Successful in School: Part 2

Education Reformation Blog Part 1 concentrates on what to teach for learning-ready behavior (academic and social). Part 2 concentrates on the ethical characteristics of successful students. 11. Teach them to be proactive: Students who are proactive are preparing themselves for school work before a teacher assigns it: They ask clarifying questions before they leave school; they notify theContinue reading “32 Things To Teach Your Children so They’re Successful in School: Part 2”