Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels.com Teaching during a global pandemic has been the most challenging experience of our professional lives. As we pass the first anniversary of schools shifting to hybrid or remote instruction, it’s worth appreciating what we have accomplished through many rounds of trials and tribulations. The silver lining of this tumultuous … Continue reading Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

Coaching Teachers Who Just Don’t Think Like You

During the 4th annual Illinois Council of Instructional Coaching Conference I was able to attend Jane Kise’s keynote: Coaching Teachers Who Just Don’t Think Like You. Although her talk was chock-full of instructional coaching strategies, one insight really stood out: "There are no resistant teachers, but rather, only teachers whose needs during change have not … Continue reading Coaching Teachers Who Just Don’t Think Like You

Top 10 Takeaways from ICE 2018

The national ICE Conference (February 26-28, 2018) was an incredible opportunity learn from incredible teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators from around the U.S. Although the focus was on educational technology I was especially interested in sessions that addressed practical considerations for pedagogy. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from ICE 2018: 1. Teach Digital Literacy by Modeling … Continue reading Top 10 Takeaways from ICE 2018

6 Tips for Facilitating Discussions on Race with Predominantly White Students

Teachers at predominantly white schools, especially those in conservative communities, may be reluctant to discuss race in the classroom. However, it is precisely in these communities that conversations about how race, ethnicity, and other social identities are critical for broadening students worldview. Here are some ideas on how to have these conversations based on a … Continue reading 6 Tips for Facilitating Discussions on Race with Predominantly White Students

Stay Silent on the 1st Day of School: Create a Student-Centered Classroom

With the start of the new year I’ve committed to becoming a more reflective teacher by blogging at least once a month. Here’s my first post of the year which coincided with the start of a new semester at my high school. NOTE: I'm well aware that this activity might not work for teachers of … Continue reading Stay Silent on the 1st Day of School: Create a Student-Centered Classroom

SAT v. Grit: What matters in life?

Another season of SAT, ACT and AP testing is upon us. Teachers and administrators are beginning to stress whether their students are prepared for the tests and how students’ scores will reflect on their performance. Students are worried the tests will reveal how smart they really are and whether they will be a success of failure … Continue reading SAT v. Grit: What matters in life?