Tuesday November 3, 2015
This new idea of grit and resiliency used to have another term for it: suck it up.
Monday November 16, 2015
Almost true fact: Inside all of us is contradictions that help make clarity on some days and confusion on others.
Sunday October 4, 2015
The search for the truth will never be found. The best you can do is look for reasonable facsimiles and create a
reality that you never stop questioning.
Saturday October 31, 2015
Writing is like a bank robbery. You have to get in and out before the reader even knew you were there.
Wednesday October 28, 2015
Remember this: Students are complex beings. Comparisons are not only insulting but ultimately useless.
Saturday September 26, 2015
Becoming democratic, globally aware citizens is almost always a mantra in schools. Just for once I would like to see a mission statement scream, “we want all students to be responsible members of a communist society.”
Saturday October 24, 2015
And speaking about weekends, Saturday should be spelled saturDAY.
Tuesday October 20, 2015
Isn’t it funny, though hardly shocking, that a verb such as listening now has adjectives such as, active, emphatic, appreciative, and well, that list goes on and on. It isn’t because we don’t know how to listen; it’s because specialists need to specialize in something. And sometimes that something is the most obvious human act we give to each other every day.
Friday October 30, 2015
Some schools won't let kids celebrate Hallowe'en. Are we sure we are child centred institutions?
Wednesday October 7, 2015
If there is Teach for America, shouldn’t there also be: Doctors for America, Lawyers for America, and Architects for America? I am certain youth, inexperience, and enthusiasm is the precise formula in discovering new cures for old ailments, counteracting entrenched injustices, and cleansing and rebuilding the blight in urbania. It made all the difference to America’s inner city schools. Didn’t it?
Wednesday October 21, 2015
I have thought of many clever ideas and then I googled these ideas and realized there are many clever people.
Wednesday November 11, 2015
The truth is just a mirror of reality.
Saturday November 14, 2015
The only time there is any real change, the kind we respect as a society, is when there is a monetary value
assigned to the money line.
Saturday October 3, 2015
Treat students as strong and able and they will respond in kind. Treat them as weak and unable and they will also respond in kind.
Wednesday November 18, 2015
The smartest people seem intent in public to end all of these problems that exist, but all it seems that I see are more problems.
Thursday October 8, 2015
Almost true fact: The saying, “Don’t believe everything you see and hear,” did not originate out of the mouth of a teacher lecturing in front of a class.
Tuesday October 27, 2015
Remember this: Listening is not or ever should be viewed as a skill. If you can't bother to listen leave the room.
Tuesday November 17, 2015
What will end this violence we see? Maybe education.
Friday October 16, 2015
If you want to know what you are worth as a teacher in the private system you better make sure that the salaries
Saturday November 7, 2015
Schools which teach the hallmarks of democracy would not dare act like a democracy. Rhetoric is fine for the students, but please do not apply it to the adults in the institution.
Sunday November 8, 2015
Remember this: Those teachers who are here to save children are really the ones who need saving from their own inflated sense of self.
Tuesday September 22, 2015
Embracing failure is the new mantra: What are the parameters of this for schools? Who will allow you to fail at your job? Is it only for new initiatives? For established programs can teachers fail and still be worthy of recognition? Ultimately, what is the definition of failure?
Friday November 6, 2015
Don't worry about those in high ranking positions in schools. They don't need your approval to do a terrible job.
Tuesday October 13, 2015
Life is bits out of the same photo.
Wednesday October 14, 2015
If everyone, and I mean everyone (yes you 1% too), invested in one public system, well, could dystopia really be that far behind?
Sunday October 18, 2015
Experts in education have been proclaiming that schools must change to meet the demands of the twentieth-first century workplace. Maybe it should be the other way around. Just maybe? At least think about it.
Friday September 25, 2015
Anyone who doesn't think middle schools students have perseverance should sit in their seats, at their tables, hour after hour, being teased by whatever is more attractive out the window. Students, your adult cubicle awaits. My sincerest apologies.
Sunday November 1, 2015
Stop teaching how you were taught.
Thursday October 15, 2015
Of course youth is wasted on the young. Should it be any other way?
Wednesday September 30, 2015
Here is something we all seemingly comprehend, but are reluctant to confess, especially to young people: you can believe in yourself, you can toil to the utmost of your infinite abilities, even perform to a higher and superior level than those you call peers—and still not succeed. Cruelty is not reserved just for the fragile.
Sunday October 25, 2015
Following on about weekends: Sunday, right around dinner time and extending into the evening, is probably the worst time for a teacher. Friday and Saturday meals seem so tasty and luxurious (even when they are not). Sunday's evening meal is much more about sustenance and survival.
Wendesday November 4, 2015
Service learning in schools is nothing more than a new-fashioned version of noblesse oblige.
Tuesday November 10, 2015
Teaching is a culmination of life experiences.
Monday October 26, 2015
Remember this: Students who are markchasers will almost inevitably fail. They eventually cut corners, invent shortcuts, and unsubtly use others on their quest to become the highest number and letter. They are the one-dimensional sports star salivating toward the hugest possible payout with little regard for the team or any
individual. And the parent is almost always the child's overeager self-righteous agent who defends the most outrageous behaviour, attitudes, and actions and spins any concerns from the school as a conspiratorial attack on their child. These students are the Alex Rodriguez's of the academic world. Marks and records may be attained through broken means, but reputations and worth will be decided by others.
Thursday November 5, 2015
Taking initiatives in educational institutions is much easier at poor schools where that community population
angrily understands society has little value for them except as paternalistic petting zoos.
Thursday October 1, 2015
Remember this: Everything you do in teaching is never singular. “I did this,” only resides on the overly important named alleyways that somehow need attention like three leaf clovers in a cracked sidewalk.
Monday October 12, 2015
There is an insidious teacher who somehow still exists in schools: the non-sharing, two faced, taking all the credit, deflecting all the blame, center of the universe, cult like figure, who somehow still believes from their lying tongues that they only know how to teach “their students.“ They are the cancer we can’t seem to excise from our school bodies. But our minds and spirits are mightier; and there will be a day of reckoning for these sorts.
Monday November 9, 2015
Almost true fact: We overestimate our abilities and underestimate our weaknesses.
Friday October 2, 2015
Cynicism is too easy of a cover for students. It permits them to nonchalantly avoid the harsh but necessary
questions of everythingness that constructs the uncomfortableness of learning.
Thursday October 29, 2015
The only change most schools are interested in is the preaching of change.
Friday November 13, 2015
Imagine we started to run schools as communist institutions? Our good intentions might actually be good intentions.
Instead of being cynical can't you just for once think, "why not?"
Thursday October 22, 2015
Teaching is the one profession everyone has an opinion on because everyone was at one time a student. Accountants, doctors, street cleaners, and gravediggers usually do not have young people hanging out with
them from Monday to Friday.
Thursday September 24, 2015
Self-esteem and self-worth have been replaced by the new catch words, resiliency, grit, and perseverance. In 5 years what will be the new terms that run over the current ones on the educational path of enlightenment? I vote for virtuous, compassion, and quite possibly, self-immolation.
Saturday October 10, 2015
Remember this: A compromising position that can happen to a school is for its sports teams to start winning on a regular basis. Suddenly, teams morph into programs and become institutionalized. Beware of these dangerously hungry beasts who need to be petted and praised on their semi-precious heads.
Monday September 21, 2015
Schools are places of competing interests. More importantly, they are places of self interests and preservation.
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Dreaming is easy. It is the life sucking paper work that comes afterward that makes you scared to close your eyes and drift off.
Friday October 9, 2015
If you really love learning, then, with mercy, please forgive our incompetence.
Sunday October 11, 2015
Do not confuse order and routine with teaching and learning. Not only are they different, but actually incompatible. The only thing to be learnt from order and routine is order and routine.
Tuesday October 6, 2015
Datatize (verb): The corporate crime of pickpocketing in pure daylight the joy of learning and living from schools, and then, repackaging and disguising it as vital data that will improve learning and living, and selling it back, with the most insincere of smiles and intentions, to victimized, but somehow grateful schools.
Friday October 23, 2015
Don't let them fool you. Friday at end of day just smells better than the rest of the week.
Saturday October 17, 2015
If someone you know says they want to be a teacher please make sure that person is not you.
Monday October 19, 2015
Almost True Fact: There are almost always (yes, almost always—absolutes have a way of blowing up in your face)
two staff meetings. The official, semi-nodding your head politely—even if it isn’t officially polite—hold your tongue, chew your nail, semi-comatosely listening to incoming lifeless information meeting, and the unofficial, but frank meetings that takes place 1 minute later in hushed hallways, where unconcealed whispers and rolled eyes are a teacher’s protest to the ticking away of their precious time.
Thursday November 12, 2015
A circus and a school have a lot in common. I am not sure what it is exactly, but I am sure they have a lot in
Monday November 2, 2015
The reason a teacher's time is wasted is because no one listens when they say their time is being wasted.
Monday September 28, 2015
Let us not pretend, but acknowledge straight up, that when change is enacted in educational institutions, there will be positive aspects and wonderful teachers who will not only disagree, but unfortunately, be left behind.
Wednesday September 23, 2015
Is it important to be liked by your students? Who wants to sit in a room for 175 lessons with someone you dislike. Maybe it all comes down to simple relationships. Basic psychology isn’t it?
Paul Steffan: Education of a Teacher
At the end of this teaching life all I will have is what I've left behind of me.
Monday October 5, 2015
Almost True Fact: Collaboration just might be a partial cure for the mediocre teacher.
Sunday September 27, 2015
At teachers college I had a professor who said when he was a primary teacher he knew he had done his job when years later he would be walking on the beach and see a former student lying on a blanket reading a book. Some days I think that is an absolutely inadequate expectation, and others, well, it sounds just about right.