I have news fatigue; and coming from someone who spend years toiling in newsrooms, that might give you pause. But really. Every morning 2020 seems to deliver another moment of doom and gloom. And from where I sit, the people causing the doom and gloom seem to be the evidence supporting the Dunning-Kruger Effect. How … Continue reading Where’s Annie When I Need Her?
There's no denying the truth; Miss Frizzle was my role model for teaching and learning. There wasn't a question she wouldn't answer. There wasn't a field trip she wouldn't take with that Magic School Bus. She loved her students. She had fun learning alongside her students while they thought she was merely teaching. I adore … Continue reading Can We Let Teachers Channel Miss Frizzle?
Ask anyone who knows me well, I am not rabidly invested in sports, despite having attended both the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland-College Park. Don't get me wrong, I will root for Carolina basketball, especially when the foes are Dook, UVa, Syracuse and NC State; but that's because I have … Continue reading Who Will Make the Profound Changes Needed in Public Education?
My summer has been filled with meditation classes as I work my way through some challenges, including trying to finish my 200 hour yoga teacher training requirements. I have gravitated to classes offered by one very special yogi, Joshua Ansley. I call him special because he is a deep thinker. He doesn't shy away from … Continue reading Can Public Education Let Old Ways Die?
Thank you Rich Czyz for pulling my head out of a depressing news story about a new book titled: In Defense of Looting, and bringing me to a topic I love: writing. And Rich, you're right; writing in so many schools is not taught well. I don't know where the educational boxcar labeled "writing" went … Continue reading How Should We Teach Writing?