This week my students forced me to give them a 30 minute long lecture on why being called a Feminist isn't necessarily a bad thing – mainly because they were embarrassed to call themselves Feminist – even when they were. This class has inspired this rant/ blog post. I've wrote this on my blog a couple of weeks ago. But, this week when my students insisted that my ranting skills need a bigger audience - I thought of posting it up here. ...more
Teach For America, an organization that puts its recruits through fast-track training to teach in U.S. regions where students have fallen behind in academic achievement, is now recruiting for its 20th cohort of new teachers. It's not surprising, then, that TFA recently has received extra scrutiny in the U.S. press. The verdict is still out on the effectiveness of the program—it depends, really, on how you measure effectiveness—yet it's still sending thousands of teachers into U.S. schools each year....more
So I am new to this site and I am learning. So a little about me, well, I've been married since I was almost 19, one month before. It was a pretty quick decision to marry my husband but it was the best decision, except for becoming reborn. I have two absolutely wonderful little boys, Aiden and Josiah. I cannot imagine life without there smiles and "back rubs." My son Aiden is a chatter-box and is always telling me what he is doing or asking me questions about everything. I love to read, write, and watch classic movies. I am a huge fan of 19th centur...more
Today, I began my Seminar on College Teaching by having the grad students and postdocs enrolled in it draw a picture that served as a metaphor for higher education today. Images of violence figured prominently in a few doodles. My students depicted the research university as a guillotine, a hunting lodge filled with trophy heads, and--perhaps most graphically--as a meat grinder into which students are fed like cheap steak destined to be hamburger.
Forty percent of teachers in the U.S. are "disheartened," or so says a new study by the nonpartisan nonprofit Public Agenda and Learning Point Associates. Among the remainder, the study says, 37 percent are "contented," while 23 percent are "idealists."...more
Teachers have always had students who, for whatever reason, have difficulty participating fully in class. In the past, these students were dismissed as "problem children" or declared unable to learn. Today, however, teachers are increasingly using a set of principles termed the universal design for learning (UDL) to reach all their students....more
Last week marked the beginning of the 09-10 school year for we pre-planning teachers. And while I am excited to get to the big work this week with the students' return, I can't help but be a little giddy about classroom decor. Yesterday, I posted my 2009 edition of "Pimp My Trailer." You can view it HERE.
If you're a teacher and recently redecorated your room, I would love to see it! Link it!
Imagine this scenario: You're taking some college courses, and you're not happy with your program. Do you blog about it? If so, how far do you take your criticism? Do you do so under your own name? Do you name the program, your instructors, your fellow students? Where do you draw the line? If you work with kids as part of your program, do you blog about them?