Order of language matters in how we talk about students

Lately I have been thinking about labels.  In fact, I have noticed that I am down right sensitive to the labels we use when talking about people.  Reflecting on why these labels often upset me, I have realized that what I am most afraid of is the stereotypes that these labels project.  In one of … More Order of language matters in how we talk about students

4 ways my father has impacted my career as an educator 

Last May, I wrote a blog post on the lessons learned from my mother in regards to teaching. As my father’s birthday approaches next week, I have begun thinking about the aspects of my job/life that I have incorporated with values learned from my father.    My father is a plumber by trade. Since … More 4 ways my father has impacted my career as an educator 

4 Unintended Consequences of Assessing Daily Learning

Lately I have been encountering a common question: How do you know what your students understand at the end of every lesson? I suppose I understand this sense of urgency to a point.  We live in a culture of instant gratification.  You can, at any moment, change your hair color, have plastic surgery, win the … More 4 Unintended Consequences of Assessing Daily Learning

You don’t have to be bad to be better

Sitting on the bus traveling to the airport as my first experience at Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) came to a conclusion, I was struck by the words of a fellow attendee Jessica Willie, Dean of Instruction from Houston, TX. (@jrwillie2783)  As Jessica and I were engaging in in-depth conversation around the … More You don’t have to be bad to be better