One of my favorite skits on Saturday Night Live was “Coffee Talk,” in which a Mike Meyers-inspired character, Linda Richman, praised the likes of Barbara Streisand, said everything “looked like butta,” and encouraged viewers to “talk amongst themselves” with a one-word command: “discuss.” Yes, the characters on thisRead More
I was warned about Silly Bandz this summer by a friend in Chicago. They were the rage at the end of the year with her young ones, but they had not hit my classroom here in Tucson. I should haveRead More
According to the US News & World Report Data:
* The number 1 school has only 1% of its students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
* The number 2 school has only ONE STUDENT eligible for free and reduced lunch.
* The number 9 school, an AZ charter, has not one single student eligible for free and reduced lunch.
The season of fall brings cooler weather, elections, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and… parent/teacher conferences. The school year is well underway and most students have finally found their groove and are becoming familiar with their new grade level, and enjoying new friends.Read More
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 realizedRead More
“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” Dalai Lama We are nowRead More
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.Read More
Did you know that for next few weeks it is “banned books week?” Well, I admit that I did not know this, but recently came across this information coincidently after being challenged and questioned as to why I was readingRead More
Educators across the country are sitting with baited breath in anticipation of “NBC’s Education Nation” to be held September 26th -30th. As I visited the homepage for the event, I was struck by the following text: “Education is key toRead More
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 stoodRead More