Instruction & Curriculum

Coronavirus: The Impact of School Closures – Education Article

Since the coronavirus has landed in the United States difficult decisions have had to be made. One such decision whether or not to have schools remain open has caused more than half of states to close schools for at least fourteen days. Some states have even closed for the remainder of the school year. Reasons for Keeping Schools Open Many school districts remained open until their state required them to close. You might wonder why some districts would choose to…

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Schoolhouse Crisis: Teachers Exiting | The Educators Room – Education Article

We are in the midst of a schoolhouse crisis.  A Learning Policy Institute study predicted a shortfall of over 100,000 teachers each year starting several years ago.  The science seems to be confirmed by anecdotal evidence of teachers heading for the exits.  Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released findings last fall that showed a 56% increase in the suicide rate of young people over the last decade.  Put together, it’s clear that schoolhouses are full of…

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Our Teacher Self-Care Desk 11x 15 Calendars are HERE! – Education Article

We’re almost two months into 2020 and our Teacher Self-Care Calendars have been a HIT!  We’ve currently restocked so here’s your chance to get yours TODAY!  LARGE, DESIGNER DESK PAD calendar perfect for desktop decor and monthly planning around teacher self-care. STUNNING, STATEMENT PIECE, with 12 vibrant colors, a different one for each month. PRETTY & PRACTICAL DESK CALENDAR – great for monthly planning, office or countertop decor & tracking self-care.   To order, click here.  To see more photos of our calendars,…

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Cultural Responsiveness is Not Just for White Teachers – Education Article

I remember my first year teaching….I was having difficulty with a few of my 6th-grade students. They were male and Hispanic. I wasn’t sure what the gap was but they ignored me when I spoke, they made rude comments and made it quite clear they weren’t going to do anything that I asked (including their homework). Here I was a young, naive, African American middle school teacher and I taught in a middle school where the majority population was Hispanic. …

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Standardized Testing’s Negative Affect on Math Education – Education Article

Standardized Testing has been around for decades. In its original form, it was used to check a student’s progress from year to year. At some point around the 1970s test results were used to find specific areas of a subject where a majority of children were doing poorly. Teachers were encouraged to use activities that would bolster those concepts and produce improvement. The problem with that approach was that these decisions were based on what a previous group of students…

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Teachers Are Professionals | The Educators Room – Education Article

“This Friday all teachers can wear jeans! Just donate $1 for our Sunshine Club  and wear your school shirts!” While I was excited to FINALLY be able to ‘dress down’ something bugged me around the premise of having to pay to dress comfortably.No matter how perturbed I was, I had 30 children to get ready for dismissal so I pushed it to the back of mind as I guided children to their buses. As I got home and readied my…

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It’s Time to Rethink Your School’s “Holiday” Celebrations – Education Article

I am someone who doesn’t fall into either of the largest categories. I am a Jewish American. And as a teacher, I’m exhausted by the annual charade of inclusiveness that comes each December. Each year that I’ve been teaching in New York City, across four different schools, there’s a similar array of “holiday” events. We have a “holiday” party for school staff. There’s a “holiday” performance by students for their families. Sometimes there are other “holiday” activities like building gingerbread…

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Why Chick-fil-A Matters in my Classroom. – Education Article

It was Christmas dinner 2017, and the talk was of a new (and only) Chick-fil-A opening in our central New York area. My family endorsed the taste of their remarkable chicken and delicious drinks. Discussions of their charity and fundraisers abounded. As I listened to the conversations, I felt myself grow smaller. It was like an out of body experience as I observed myself shrinking in importance. My views on equality and progress froze in the face of a hard…

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[Opinion]I’m Tired: The Cultural Burden of a Being the Token Assistant Principal – Education Article

“White people can be exhausting.” That’s the first line in Austin Channing Brown’s book titled, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. While this line is most likely jarring for some, I must say, as an African-American woman in a space of Whiteness as an Assistant Principal, it is true.  Embarking upon my 14th year in education, I spent the bulk of my career as a secondary English/Language Arts teacher and instructional coach. While I loved…

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“Why haven’t I learned that Harriet Tubman fought in the civil war?” – Education Article

On a cold day in central New York, I had the fantastic opportunity to take 26 students to tour the Harriet Tubman National Park, located in Auburn, NY. After an enlightening hour, we loaded onto the yellow submarine (aka the school bus) and watched the movie Harriet at the local Movie Tavern.   By the end of the day, with our minds bursting with new paradigms, our focus for our upcoming black history celebration in February cemented. More importantly, as members of a…

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5 Reasons To Consider Advising A Student Club – Education Article

One’s teaching career often goes through seasons. A young teacher year is often more like summer, filled with energy, fun ideas, and optimism. However, more experienced teachers may begin the school year recharged only to hit a wall by the end of Autumn, plunging into a winter-like rut for the remainder of a school year. Of course, there are many reasons why experienced teachers have low periods of energy and enthusiasm. We all have bad days and negative years. Many…

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Opinion: Why Teachers Shouldn’t Write Curriculum – Education Article

The word “curriculum,” as it pertains to education, can include everything from the materials used to teach our students to the planned learning experiences. If we think of the Common Core standards as the academic destination for our students (the “what” we want them to know and be able to do), our curriculum is the vehicle for getting them there. However, teachers are often asked to do too much when it comes to curriculum design and planning. However, teachers are…

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Are We Setting Unrealistic Behavioral Expectations? – Education Article

I don’t remember the moment it dawned on me that I had unrealistic behavioral expectations. Maybe it was the second week of school when I realized the honeymoon phase was over. It might’ve been the moment my administration looked at my students in their “lines” and said, “You should be on Level 0 at all times in the hallways! Straight lines! Hands at your sides!” During one of those #teacherfail moments or the other 2,384,593 times I’ve used the famous…

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How to Use This Year’s Reflections for Next School Year – Education Article

The end of the year for a teacher is especially difficult: everyone is tired, the kids are off the rails, there are a plethora of special events going on, and grades are due. Many of us are holding onto our sanity like a life raft. The last thing many people want to think about is the start of a whole new year, but if we spend a moment to reflect on our year, it could be a gold mine for…

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Columbine Shooting 20 Years Later – Our Children Are Still Dying – Education Article

Columbine occurred when I was still in the classroom. My heart broke for those who lost their lives as well as those who survived and had to live with the trauma. I remember being asked by friends if I was going to school the next day. I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Most of them asked if I was afraid. My answer was a simple no. I didn’t realize at the time that my response would take me on the…

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Not All Charter Schools Are The Same – Education Article

Not all charter schools are evil, corporate, for-profit monstrosities. Again: not all charter schools are the same. Some modern charter schools are operated by for-profit corporations or non-profits who pay their leadership exorbitant salaries. Almost all the common arguments against charter schools are rooted in those corporate models. They are the loudest, but not the majority. One more time for those in the back: Not all charter schools are the same. Others have done a much better job than I…

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