25 Insights From UN WE Day

If you're at all like me, you've gone through your life fairly unaware of what the United Nation's WE Day (first in Toronto in 2007) and WE movement are. And similarly, you're likely to be blown away by all the amazing work they're doing around the world with and for children and other often disenfranchised populations. … Continue reading 25 Insights From UN WE Day

Integrating Schools in NYC and the Implications Beyond

Why Should I Talk About It? Recently there has been an uproar about equity in educational opportunities for students in New York City. In fact, I got into a heated debate with several teachers just the other day on the topic. It began with our new chancellor first taking action by saying he’ll keep 25% … Continue reading Integrating Schools in NYC and the Implications Beyond

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?

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

Social Justice Learning With the X-Men and Other Graphic Novels

In the wake of New York Comic Con, I am examining the use of comics in education. You can see the whole series, begin Educating Through Graphic Novels, or Using Comics to Teach History. One of the main reasons I always enjoyed the X-Men was because they (like Spider-Man as well) were outcasts to the world they … Continue reading Social Justice Learning With the X-Men and Other Graphic Novels

Using Comics to Teach History

In the wake of New York Comic Con, I am examining the use of comics in education. You can see the whole series. Previously I discussed the number of ways you can begin Educating Through Graphic Novels and the benefits for bringing them into your classroom. For example, Manga Classics have versions of Huckleberry Finn and Great … Continue reading Using Comics to Teach History

Educating Through Graphic Novels

In the wake of New York Comic Con, I am examining the use of comics in education. You can see the whole series. This past weekend was New York ComicCon, and, being the consummate geeks that we are, my sons and I had a wonderful time. Yes, I enjoy the videos games, sci-fi movies, and … Continue reading Educating Through Graphic Novels

Teaching Your Children & Students About the 2nd Amendment

This is the second of two posts in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. You can also read the first post on teaching children about tragedy. In the wake of tragic events, it's important to first speak to children's feelings. Eventually, though it is good for them to become more civically minded and discuss those … Continue reading Teaching Your Children & Students About the 2nd Amendment

Teaching Your Children & Students About Tragedy

This is the first of two posts in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. You can also read the second post on teaching about appropriate and fallacious arguments and the Second Amendment. In the wake of another all-too-common American tragedy, we, along with our students and children, search for answers. This is meant to … Continue reading Teaching Your Children & Students About Tragedy