Finding Gold

Delyssa Begay Education, Life in the Classroom

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon in Northeastern Arizona, I sit before my laptop. The kids are at Grandma’s, and I can read and write without the disruptions of children’s curiosities and burgeoning independence. I checked my email account and realized

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Svegli e L’odore del Caffé

Eve Rifkin Education, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

At the end of this year, House Bill 2281 will likely be signed into law. This bill will effectively outlaw ethnic studies classes which have been especially meaningful for our Mexican-American, African-American and Native American students. These classes have provided an important setting for students who have not been able to see themselves or hear their stories in the traditional curriculum. We learn best when we can form a personal, relevant connection to what is being taught. And when we can’t, we shut down.

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Master of my Domain

Donnie Dicus Elementary, Life in the Classroom

Before you read this, check out these two articles! http://www.gazette.com/articles/band-104346-toys-seven.html   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/08/weirdest-school-bans_n_707587.html   Both of these articles are about things that have been “banned” from classrooms.  I think banned is a strong word. I congratule these teachers who have stood

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Blown Out

Alaina Adams Assessment, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

Data-driven instruction blew out the speakers in my car today.    No joke.   The day started like any other: coffee, commute, Power Point creation, teach, plan, teach, lunch, teach, and then . . . my new release period to manage

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