The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

I remember taking an online course about 21st-century learning about a decade ago about when MySpace started fading, so 21st-century. So it's been spoken of in numerous courses, books, and diatribes, so what could I possibly add (other than my sparkling wit and charm, he said sardonically). I suppose I just wanted to add my … Continue reading The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

It Takes Children To Raise A Village-The Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

While the "it takes a village to raise a child" quote is oft overused and misattributed to an entire continent, it does still hold valuable insight about the challenges involved in making a child a worthwhile member of the community. The opposite though holds value as well in that the wholeness of a generation of … Continue reading It Takes Children To Raise A Village-The Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

Profiles For Playful Learning

This article is the original version of an article that was modified to appear on EdSurge as part of their larger discussion on personalized learning. As a special education teacher, I work with students who struggle academically and generally have a low tolerance for frustration—but the same kid who gives up after trying a math … Continue reading Profiles For Playful Learning

What Is Differentiation Really?

This post provides an overview of the differentiated instruction (DI) model. For more insight on DI, see my posts Is Differentiation a Dirty Word? or The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. An Overview There seems to be a lot of confusion about what differentiation actually entails. There are problems with conflicting definitions. In one sense … Continue reading What Is Differentiation Really?

Is Differentiation a Dirty Word?

This post addresses many of the challenges presented by those who oppose the differentiated instruction model. For an overview of differentiated instruction, see my post on What Is Differentiation Really? and The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. Having worked with some of the most severely challenged students for the vast majority of my teaching career I have found … Continue reading Is Differentiation a Dirty Word?

School Un-Safety: Can Classrooms Be a Safe Space In a Nation Where Shootings Are Commonplace?

You can read the related posts on the Teaching Your Children & Students About Tragedy, Teaching Your Children & Students About the 2nd Amendment, The Problem With Kids Today Is…, and 12 Ways To Create A Safe and Effective Space For Student Learning. The BackgroundNearly every aspect of American society has become overtly politicized (for good/for … Continue reading School Un-Safety: Can Classrooms Be a Safe Space In a Nation Where Shootings Are Commonplace?

The Problem With Kids Today Is…

Expectations What do you expect to finish that sentence? Should we blame violent movies and video games, that 'misogynistic hip-hop music', poverty, the lack of discipline, selfishness, cell phones and the internet, or just good old-fashioned godless heathenism? Is there any truth to any of that or does it just 'feel right' compared to our … Continue reading The Problem With Kids Today Is…

12 Ways To Create A Safe and Effective Space For Student Learning

There are so many things outside of our control as a teacher. We can’t control the poverty level of our students, or the education level of their parent, or whether that parent is too busy working to feed their kids to meet with us. We can’t change any of the tragedy they may have happened … Continue reading 12 Ways To Create A Safe and Effective Space For Student Learning

Disability And Pop Culture

Lack of Representation Seriously, what is the purpose of that photograph? There were several other stock photos of that same girl, and in one she's standing on the chair. What scenario could call for that photo? Is it a 'look I've triumphantly overcome my disability and am at long last able to be a sexy, … Continue reading Disability And Pop Culture

16 Keys to Successfully Implementing Technology In Classrooms

For more information check out Is More Technology the Answer? As I have previously said, technology alone cannot solely solve all the ills of education nor should it be expected to. You may have heard of schools or whole cities that adopted 1:1 technology programs. Some places like Savannah and Mooresville have done it successfully while others like Los … Continue reading 16 Keys to Successfully Implementing Technology In Classrooms