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Schools Should Embrace Pluralism, not Neutrality

As with every federal election cycle, educators and administrators are once again engaging in conversations about neutrality in our schools. Should teachers discuss elections? Should they say anything that might seem to agree with one side or the other in … Continue reading

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Teacher to Teacher: A Letter to a Naively Racist and Classist Younger Me

Steve, I’m here to address a problem that you’re going to want to dismiss as soon as you hear it. I’ll cut to the chase. When people talk about systemic racism, you are a part of the system perpetrating the … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: Support from Our Institutions / Districts

Support from those whose job it is to support our work is perhaps the single make-or-break factor that has the biggest impact on a teacher’s effectiveness. That’s not really a thought I’m willing to defend – it just seems to … Continue reading

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Gamification as a Boat-Building Exercise

Unlike many teachers, I do not teach the same content every year. Sometimes, I wish I were planning a unit I’ve taught many times before – and I’ve lived that experience in the past – but most of the time … Continue reading

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It’s about the relationship…

We teachers are not mere content-delivery mechanisms. Instead, the most important part of my job as I understand it is to build a helpful relationship with the student. Over the years, this actually has been news to me. Honestly, I’ve … Continue reading

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