Over the past few years, I have had the opportunities to attend workshops and various meetings and meet many teachers that were neither at my school site nor even in my district or city. It was interesting and intellectually stimulatingRead More
As co-founder of a small charter high school, I decided to interview Mike Klonsky, Chicago-based leader in the modern small-schools movement. Mike and I have a lot in common: we agree that small schools offer a more humane and functional alternative to big schools. We also share the belief, as evidenced by research and our own experiences, that small schools have lower teacher turnover, experience less violence, and allow for greater teacher autonomy.Read More
How much is too much? Or not enough? I guess it varies on grade level and purpose. I was amazed at the amount of homework my neice and nephew would bring home. Some evenings, yes entire evenings, were spent on homework;Read More
As teachers we listen to our kids. We know when they have had a bad day and need extra attention or praise. We know when they have a supportive home and when they need that support from us. We useRead More
As the Arizona temperatures begin to fall below a hundred, and the excitement surrounding “Education Week” in America begins to fade, we find ourselves with lingering thoughts. I know I find myself with sound bytes from the teacher accountability discussionRead More
You can keep waiting for Superman, but he’s not coming. I find the title of a certain highly controversial documentary to be ironic, because it is problematic in its symbolism, alone. To invoke such iconography during the debate overRead More
This is something I want to scream at people on a regular basis! Let me explain the scenario. This usually happens to me on weekends or anytime I meet someone brand new. It's a conversation I have had many times!Read 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.