Valuing Critical Thinking in Teachers: Advocating for Educator Voice and Choice

One of modern education’s top goals has been to imbue our students with critical thinking skills. We do not want to be merely educating sheep. Yet heaven forbid teachers themselves think critically about the curriculum and pedagogies that are foisted upon them! According to Ruenzel (2014) writing in Education Week, “…too much of the discussion … Continue reading Valuing Critical Thinking in Teachers: Advocating for Educator Voice and Choice

Educator Autonomy: Honoring Teacher Input Leads to Investment and Innovation

It's a shame whenever an educator—especially one who has just learned an exciting, effective teaching technique they know their students will love and benefit from—suddenly pauses and thinks: But I won’t be able to actually use that great strategy in my classroom because… I’m not supposed to deviate from the textbook or mandated curriculum, it … Continue reading Educator Autonomy: Honoring Teacher Input Leads to Investment and Innovation

How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

I recently had the honor of being interviewed for a second time on The Teacher’s Lounge radio show podcast to talk about my book for teachers, The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator, and its companion workbook, The Teacher Tune-Up. (See below for a discount code directly through the publisher.) Where the first interview focused on positive classroom management (being firm) and … Continue reading How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

Classroom Wisdom that Works: Two Powerful Books for Teachers by a Teacher

Inspire your Students, Engage your Class, Transform your Teaching! Finally, a fellow classroom teacher details how every teacher can develop their students' cooperation, confidence, creativity, and capabilities. Since all children require growth in these fundamental areas, these books explain how all four aspects of learning are equally important and inextricably intertwined. Learn how every teacher can all at … Continue reading Classroom Wisdom that Works: Two Powerful Books for Teachers by a Teacher

Why I Left the School I Loved

After twenty-one years teaching English at a public middle school in South Los Angeles, my eventual choice to change schools was an agonizing decision in a career that had more than its fair share of dilemmas and disasters. With utterly no training, I had begun my career at this chronically under-performing school as an “emergency” … Continue reading Why I Left the School I Loved