Teaching Practice: The Alphabet of Teaching 2018-19

It is August and the First Days of School are upon us. Here are the ABCs of a new year whether you are a new teacher or a long-time veteran! Abraham Lincoln said: “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be…

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Teaching Practice: Aiming for Discipline instead of Punishment

There has been a move away from the idea of ‘punishing’ students for the things they do wrong. The word wrong hasn’t been wrong – students do things wrong all the time. They say they did their homework when they didn’t. They show up late…

Thinking about Teaching (and /or Learning): Flipped Lesson Resources

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Fine and Performing Arts: Observe – Really Seeing, Not Just Looking

Why teach the arts? This is the fifth of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…

Spotlight: Teachers Who Make a Difference

In this issue, we spotlight a teacher who made a difference in the hopes that you will write into Empower and tell us about teachers who have made a difference in your life or the lives of children that you know. We will publish these…

Spotlight: Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese investigative reporter who was murdered on October 16th, 2017. She was about to drive off in her car when a car bomb was detonated, apparently by a radio signal from an off-shore boat. Empower places the spotlight on her…

Fine and Performing Arts – Envision: Thinking in Images

Why teach the arts? This is the fourth of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…

Thinking about Teaching (and/or Learning)

What is the best way to teach? After so many millennia, why are we still studying it? You would think that it would all be figured out by now. There still seems to be significant confusion. We will attempt to clarify the various schools of…

Leading Discussions of Public Policy

A recent article in Phi Delta Kappan talked about how students can disagree productively and with civility in the classroom. Given an environment where adults in the United States are finding it harder and harder to even talk with each other, this seems to be a…

Making a Difference

I was talking with a Head of School recently and he told me that a mother and two children returned home after an admission event at school to find their husband and father had committed suicide. This brought to mind the fact that USA Today…

Spotlight: Coach Aaron Feis

Coach Aaron Feis died in the line of duty. He was not a policeman, on assignment in Afghanistan. He was an assistant football coach in a school in Florida. He died placing his body between the gunman and three girls in his school. The Orlando…

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