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…

Fine and Performing Arts – Develop Craft

Why teach the arts? This is the third 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

By Greg Graber and Simon Jeynes We all want the ideal student sitting in our classroom. Someone who has great focus, increased capacity for learning, improved observational skills, good emotional development, thinks well of themselves, continues to improve their grades and behavior, and who controls…

Mathematics and Bananas

The material in this article is derived from Dan Meyer’s e-letter, Ilona Vashchyshyn’s Twitter feed, and Vashchyshyn’s webpage. Dan Meyer notes that mathematics is all around us if we are willing to “notice” it. His interest was piqued when he looked at Ilona Vashchushyn’s Twitter…

What Should I do on Break?

What should I do on Spring Break? (Or any break!) Think of it first as a Health Break. Teaching is a stressful profession. Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organizational psychology and health at the University of Manchester’s business school and a former government adviser on…

An Unedited Letter from My Children

I want to share something two of my children wrote last year before our family moved from the USA back to Canada to be closer to my wife’s family. I have received their permission to share this. I think it is an anecdotal piece of…

Spotlight: Eric Mazur

We put our spotlight on Eric Mazur this month. He is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and President of the Optical…

Fine and Performing Arts: Engage and Persist

Why teach the arts? This is the second 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…

Science, Video Games, and Exceptional Children

The material in this article is derived from: Enhancing Secondary Science Content Accessibility With Video Games Matthew T. Marino, Kathleen Becht, Eleazar Vasquez, III, Jennifer L. Gallup, James D. Basham, Benjamin Gallegos TEACHING Exceptional Children Vol 47, Issue 1, pp. 27 – 34 First Published…

Thinking about Teaching Teenagers

I recently read two articles from completely different places but that spoke to the same issue – how do we engage teenagers with the topics that we are compelled to teach? These two articles are Teacher Constructed Prompts to Assist Question Development and Personalizing Learning:…

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