Could You Teach Without Grades?
There’s a new movement of teachers who are giving up traditional grading and finding different ways to measure student learning. Starr Sackstein is at the front of the pack, and in a new podcast episode, she tells me how it all works.
Talking About Race in School: An Interview with José Vilson
Race-related issues impact all of us, inside school and out. How can we have productive, healthy conversations with students about these issues?
Let’s Talk About the Leader in Me
Are you or your kids in a Leader in Me school? What results are you seeing? How has it impacted student learning and behavior? And maybe most importantly…is it worth the high sticker price?
What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani
Whether they call it 20 Time or Genius Hour, more teachers are carving out regular chunks of instructional time to let students pursue their passions.
Nothing Says Over 40 Like Two Spaces after a Period!
Unless you are typing on an actual typewriter, you no longer have to put two spaces after a period. I love you, fellow middle-aged folks, but please stop.
What the Mother of a Child with Autism Wants Teachers to Know
At first, my friend Leigh didn’t want me to air this episode. “I’m so sorry to have wasted your time,” she said, “but my husband and I just listened to it and we realized that if our daughter ever heard it, she would die of embarrassment.”
What I Love About José Vilson’s “This Is Not a Test”
Technology has allowed us to connect with other like-minded teachers, people whose ideas and convictions help bolster and refine our own, who put the thoughts we can’t quite explain into words that are powerful, honest and brave. People like José Vilson.
The Planning Period Project
Planning time rarely gets more than a passing mention when we talk education reform, but lack of time is a significant part of what’s pushing teachers out of schools.