Today was a sad day at my small, rural community school. We were brought together to mourn the tragic and premature passing of a parent who was very involved in the lives of her children, both the elementary and secondary community schools and the community at large. Such a crowd had gathered for the funeral… Continue reading Want an extended family? Teach at or send your kids to a community school.
Parent-teacher interviews can be a bit like playing poker. You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, when to walk away and when to run. These 5 minute bites of time can either form a fantastic working relationship between parents and teachers or unfortunately destroy any possibility of a partnership. I’ve… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Teacher Interviews (for both parties)
Last year when teaching my students about social media, I had them complete a poll: what social media applications did they use the most? We were in the midst of studying social media applications, their power and influence but I had an ulterior motive: I wanted to find out their digital patterns to use as… Continue reading 5 Easy Steps to use Instagram in Creating a Culture of Reading at your School
Hi parents of teenagers, it’s me – an annoying teacher trying to tell you how to raise your kids. Well, it’s not all that bad, actually; I’m just telling you that you need to do one thing: get your teenagers to read. It’s REALLY, REALLY important. Actually, research shows that it is the single best… Continue reading An Open Letter to Parents: why your teenager needs to read
Do you struggle with cell phones in your secondary classroom? How can we balance technology and focus without disengaging our students?
Is awards season in your school authentic or subjective? What can teachers do to make selecting students for awards about merit, not nepotism?
Teaching our students about identifying, analyzing and understanding the fake news industry is an essential learning skill.