Talking About Ferguson in School: An Interview with José Vilson
Conversations in the wake of Michael Brown’s death have been tense, emotional, and often ugly. Should we talk about Ferguson with our students? And if we do, how do we keep the discussion healthy?
Should You Give Timed Math Tests?
A homeschooling mom gives her son timed math tests, but they cause him some anxiety. Should she stop? What does the research say about timed math tests?
Our First-Ever Teacher Advice Show
In this episode, I answer questions from an earth science teacher who wants to make his material more challenging for advanced students, a student who needs to organize her bookmarks, and a teacher whose co-worker embarrasses kids right in front of her.
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.
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.”
The Gut-Level Teacher Reflection
It’s easy to find good questions for reviewing accomplishments and setbacks, but to learn as much as possible from a reflection on your teaching, you have to let your gut talk, too.
What We Can All Learn from a Montessori Classroom
What I didn’t expect was the attitude of the students: They were focused. They were calm. They retrieved their lessons and worked at them seriously, while still maintaining a sense of humor. And their work was plenty rigorous.
Why One Teacher Left the Profession After 5 Years
What makes teachers leave? Episode 2 is an interview with Carrie, who taught for over 5 years in various elementary schools before leaving teaching to pursue a different profession.