Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."
I had no idea what I would be as an adult because I didn't see anybody I could be. What I would have given to hear a high school teacher say, "I'm gay," "I'm a lesbian," "I'm queer;" to tell me that I could grow up to be a person a young man would respect?
When I started teaching, it never occurred to me to NOT be out in the classroom. But the big open secret in education is that many teachers across the country remain closeted, at great peril to themselves and even more so to our students.
This leap first, look second search for quick fixes contributes to the ultimate "opportunity cost" of failed education experiments. It undermines the absolutely essential effort to help teachers walk in their students' shoes, to listen and respond to their kids.
When we hear the phrase "risk taking," we often think of harm or danger. However, the act of growing, developing, and discovering yourself necessarily involves risk.
He humored me and assigned me to the right (as opposed to the left) side of the bleachers with the sopranos. I strained to reach the notes.
As a country, we have done a shoddy job of giving these life-changing teachers and classrooms the recognition they deserve. And at a time when schools are more focused than ever on rigorous teaching and deep learning, we have to do better. We believe great teachers deserve our full attention.
How are Brazil and other Latin America countries innovating mathematics education? This year, 35-year-old Brazilian mathematician Artur Avila became the first Latin American to claim the prestigious 2014 Fields Medal.
A quarterback throws a perfect spiral pass to his receiver. The timing is good and he leads his teammate so they can catch the ball in stride. The only problem is what if the receiver doesn't put up their hands to catch the ball?
Teachers, parents, and administrators are raising their voices louder, and in solidarity, as unrealistic demands for students are being handed down from education policy makers and corporate reformers.
I am a teacher, and I support the Common Core State Standards. These days it feels like I need to keep this to myself. The Common Core seems like everyone's favorite initiative to hate, but exactly who are the critics? Politicians running in mid-term elections? Celebrities like Louis C.K.?
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"90% of Canadians polled in a national opinion survey supported study abroad and nearly as many believed that financial support should be available."...
Fans of market forces for education simply don't understand how market forces actually work. What they like to say is that free market competition breeds excellence. It does not, and it never has.
Pointing fingers and posing what ifs won't make a difference. But encouraging our kids to take a stand in the future just might.
I have heard the same thing from enough other Gwinnett County educators -- principals and central office administrators -- to know that he isn't the only one saying it.