My Kid Is Bored: I’m Suing the School!

Here’s a true and bizarre story: At one of the schools I headed, I had a mother who was very concerned when, after picking her first grade daughter up from school,  her daughter told her in the car that she was bored. The mother made an appointment with me—even though I encouraged her to visit with the… Continue reading My Kid Is Bored: I’m Suing the School!

Best Math Classroom Possible: Top Ten Ways to Get There

Looking for the best elementary school math curriculum out there? Wondering whether Singapore Math is better than Everyday Math? How about Saxon versus Making Math Meaningful? You can survey teachers and families and students all you want, but you’ll never get anywhere asking this kind of question. That’s because the best math program is not… Continue reading Best Math Classroom Possible: Top Ten Ways to Get There

Don’t Teach Viewpoints; Teach Counterpoints

Time to talk about boredom. Kids complain about being bored; moms get agonized over hearing this complaint in the carpool line; teachers are flustered as to how to respond. This is a big topic—it’s packed with issues that are developmental and societal, not just educational. I’ll be turning to this topic from time to time… Continue reading Don’t Teach Viewpoints; Teach Counterpoints

Teaching for the Quest, Not to the Test

Last month there was real educational news coming out of, amazingly, the White House—a sadly rare source for any news or commentary about teaching and learning. The call coming from the administration was to cut back significantly on what has become an almost exclusive use of testing—testing of the standardized, multiple-choice kind—for the purpose of… Continue reading Teaching for the Quest, Not to the Test

Empathy Trumps Technology

Schools that are keen to market their investments in technology and who promulgate cutting edge education could be providing their students with a successful model; but I said “could be…” as I know that teachers must fit one extremely important piece of the puzzle to fulfill the promise of high quality teaching and learning for… Continue reading Empathy Trumps Technology

Evolution, Not Revolution

This blog post is meant for educators–the teachers and staff in a school who genuinely care about keeping their school on a continuum of progress. Let’s face it: Not everyone in a school community, teachers included, are fully invested in change and improvement. Many teachers want the status quo; they want to chug along with… Continue reading Evolution, Not Revolution

Deeper Thinking, Not More Content

Will extending classroom time result in improved learning, or might revisiting the concept, briefly, several days later work better? K-12 teachers and administrators have agonized over the significance of time devoted to a particular subject for well over a century, ever since Harvard’s Committee of Ten back in 1892 proposed the standardization of education, which… Continue reading Deeper Thinking, Not More Content