Preventing the Apology A recent article has been making the rounds on social media and other education communities. The article, linked here, makes a bold claim - that educators must ban smartphones, to save our future. The author makes the argument that use of apps and social media can be addictive and unhealthy. While this … Continue reading Smartphones – The Importance of Appropriate Use
There are a few symbols that best represent what teachers do. A pencil might represent learning. A book might represent knowledge. So why do teachers get apples? Why Teachers Get Apples Personally, I haven't been gifted an apple yet in my career. But the symbolic gesture of giving a teacher an apple remains pervasive among … Continue reading Why Teachers Get Apples
Changing How We Incentivize Teaching Careers Student learning is the most important aspect of public education, and retaining quality teachers sits at the core of student learning. Teachers are at the “front lines” of education - it is where the dirty work, the struggles, and the successes happen. Any policy changes, curriculum implementation, or other … Continue reading The Ladder Runs the Wrong Way
The idea of bias, specifically subconscious bias, is an extremely difficult yet important concept to understand. Subconscious bias impacts the decisions we make daily. As teachers, it is imperative that we understand the basics of subconscious bias, and how to work against some of the more harmful effects it can bring. What is Bias The … Continue reading Subconscious Bias: A Basic Understanding
STEM Needs More Than Devices Many schools are quickly adopting to the ease and portability of devices in their classroom. While devices do offer learning opportunities, they can also be problematic. But there is one issue that seems to continually be overlooked specifically in STEM classrooms - apps are stifling learning. Devices are too user … Continue reading Too User Friendly: How Apps Are Stifling Learning
The Need to Teach Digital Communication Offering STEM to students is becoming more and more popular in schools across the nation, as the STEM job market has exploded in the last two decades. It has gotten so popular that some schools have been marketing themselves with a complete STEM framework. However, with the increased offering … Continue reading STEM Is No Longer Enough
Does great sacrifice equal great teaching?