Moving From Curriculum to Enrichment in the Math Classroom

Where and why exactly are we failing in math education these days? Why has the USA been failing in the world math competitions for so many years?  What’s really go on that is wrong? Refreshingly, we have answers to those questions above—and a correction, I might add, to the perception that the USA continues to… Continue reading Moving From Curriculum to Enrichment in the Math Classroom

Whole Child Pathway to Highly Capable Students

As an educator who is striving to mobilize faculty and staff to fully address the complex needs of a wide range of learners, one area that emerges as both frustrating and very promising is how we address the needs of the highly capable students. Let me speak first about these two terms: “highly capable” and… Continue reading Whole Child Pathway to Highly Capable Students

Enlivening Minds Through Literary Art

While the current craze of gutting classrooms in order to assemble Makerspaces is racing across America’s schools, there has been for many years vibrant, three-dimensional learning going on in the classic literature classroom. For example, eighth grade students at Levine Academy in Dallas have the good fortune of having a creative literary maverick in their teacher,… Continue reading Enlivening Minds Through Literary Art

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

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