One Year Teaching in Desperation

I'm sure we all have moments where we collapse at the end of the day, feeling like we've been run over in a stampede. I question myself -- did that make even the slightest difference today? Are they learning anything? That was me almost every day this year. Now that we're reaching the end of … Continue reading One Year Teaching in Desperation

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For My Friend & Mentor

After being on a bit of maternity leave, then moving away for a while so my husband could complete his JD/MBA, I was back home and ran into a teaching colleague from my first couple of years teaching at a middle school. We spent a few minutes catching up, and toward the end of our … Continue reading For My Friend & Mentor

How Google Works (and how it can work for teaching)

Do you ever read books, not entirely or even not at all related to education, and your mind just spins with the possibilities and implications it has for teaching? It's one of the reasons I love to read nonfiction, especially from disciplines other than my own. It broadens your perspectives and gives you fresh ideas … Continue reading How Google Works (and how it can work for teaching)

teaching for creativity: demand calls for reversing the downward trend

I read a fascinating article this week that briefly discusses one of my favorite undercurrent topics in education: creativity. The article in Forbes, "How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age (And How to Prevent It)" points out that creativity scores, measured yearly since the 1950's by what is called the Torrance Test, have been … Continue reading teaching for creativity: demand calls for reversing the downward trend