The more I read and write about education, the more it has become apparent that seemingly every article is a highlight reel. While I have shared my failures from time to time, much of my own writing has talked about ...

I’ll start with a personal apology to my students. The first week of a new school year is so important to me. I want you all to be excited about coming to my class, safe with the knowledge that you ...

One would think that if you spend over 20 years in the teaching profession that you would pretty much see everything. But, that’s the hidden blessing–among the many–about the profession. If you allow it, each year is different; not only ...

I can still remember the lesson like it was yesterday. I was excited about it. I had an article, a video, and this group activity that would get my students to learn all about potential bias in media. It seemed ...

My Father just retired this week. After a lifetime of working for our family, being our rock, and always being willing to have a catch with us after work, the man gets to start another lifetime. We’ll be celebrating later ...

It seems so easy in the classroom. I’ll admit it; I get frustrated hearing stories of teachers using the same lesson plans that they’ve used for the last 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. I get angry when I ...

It’s been a long few weeks. And, truthfully, those long few weeks have nothing to do with the kids. It rarely, if ever, has anything to do with them. When you pick this profession—or, if the profession picks you—the best ...

One of the best trends in education is the continued innovation and increased value of professional development. The days of putting in your time while some random person goes over rules and regulations or leads a glorified pep rally of ...

We simply are not doing enough. It’s that plain and it certainly is that simple. We talk about meeting standards. New revisions come out; we push more. We read the rhetoric in the news about kids falling behind or how ...

About a month or so ago, one of my ninth graders brought up a great topic that was inspired by our reading of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. In this particular passage, Junior throws ...