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

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

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?

Creating a Growth Mindset: Revisited

I came across Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success a few years ago. In my initial burst of excitement, I quickly created brief activities to introduce the growth mindset to my students by compiling short readings and asking students to reflect on their own views to see where they fall along the spectrum from fixed to growth. While … Continue reading Creating a Growth Mindset: Revisited

Election Day 2016: I take a vow

As a son of immigrants, I have lived the exceptional opportunities America provides. As a Social Studies teacher, I have praised the uniqueness of the 240 year democratic experiment that is America. On Election Day, November 8, 2016 I began to question my faith in America. My questions soon turned to self-doubt as to whether I had … Continue reading Election Day 2016: I take a vow

Form should fit Function

Too often, especially technology enthusiasts like me, are excited to try the latest new feature our favorite website or app offers. Whether it is interactive multi-player review games on Quizlet & Kahoot or "advanced differentiated" digital reading programs, we're always looking for ways to engage our students and improve their learning.  Technology can play a powerful … Continue reading Form should fit Function