Minimize Homework to Maximize Your Classroom

courtesy stdamiensschool.com I teach high school government and economics, and I abide by a minimal homework policy. It’s difficult, I know. There are only so many minutes in a period, only so much content we can learn in a day, and it makes sense to build in some practice time via homework ....more

My mise-en-place: Inspiration for the Classroom

Courtesy of rangermikedesigns.wordpress.com Is it just me or is prominent American media focused on the faults of our country’s education weeks before the new school year begins? While I am revved up to meet my new students, organize my classroom, put some of my summer ideas and practices to good use, the news has been reporting on countries...more

10 Tips for First Year Teachers

Congratulations you’ve been hired for your first teaching position! You are about to have a great adventure with your own students. To make your first year easier here are 10 tips that you probably weren’t taught in college, but might really help you as you get started in your career ....more

Have You Heard of People First Language?

What is People First Language? People First Language refers to the language our society uses to refer to people with disabilities. People First Language places emphasis where it should be, on the person and not the disability ....more

Watch Your Mouth: Speaking with Parents

Each year we get a new group of students and they bring along parents. ...more

A Profession for My Generation

This op-ed originally appeared in the Memphis-based Commercial Appeal on August 3rd, 2014: I have a confession: Halfway through my second year of teaching, I was questioning whether teaching was really the right career for me. I was putting in countless hours in my Memphis high school, but my progress as an educator felt much slower than I wanted. My kids were meeting or exceeding their goals on state tests, but I wasn’t seeing much recognition for the work I was doing outside the walls of my classroom ....more

The Importance of Reading Out Loud

Read out loud. It’s my mantra. I don’t care how old my elementary students are, I feel they all can benefit from reading out loud to their grown ups ....more

6 Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities Who Plan to Attend College

It’s that time of year again! Students everywhere, including students with Learning Disabilities, are gearing up to start another year of school. For many of these students, this will be their last year as high school students ....more

Utilizing Journals Across Subjects

One of the skills I see kids lacking consistently is the ability to find information on their own. Resourcefulness used to come almost innately, but nowadays it’s missing in action. One of the ways I try to teach this skill is with journals ....more