In April, 2018, Professional Educators of Tennessee raised the issue on Testing, with a hard-hitting editorial called the Trouble with Testing. Now the Superintendents of two low performing districts, Shelby County and Metro-Nashville Public Schools are eliciting media attention by challenging testing across the state. Welcome to the club. Testing has taken a wrong turn … Continue reading Testing Is Open For Debate
Of all the current buzzwords in education, the one I am hearing the most now is “personalized learning.” It’s one I can get on board with because I was doing it before it became a thing. As a kindergarten teacher, I have been running four or five reading groups on four or five different levels … Continue reading Personalized Learning: You’re Still the Teacher!
We know without a doubt that teachers are the number one in-school influence on student achievement. Data indicates that in the last 20 years, teacher attrition has nearly doubled. In fact, 16–30% of teachers leave the teaching profession each year. It is estimated by some that school districts now spend $1B to $2.2B per year … Continue reading Teachers Are Going, Going…Gone
Mother. Perhaps no other word speaks to as many people in any language or touches our heart. Yet, when we write about mothers, the words rarely do justice to the subject. We are rarely able to show our gratefulness to the women in our lives, the women who gave us life, or to those who … Continue reading Mothers, Wives, and Everlasting Love
One of my musical heroes, Bono, the singer for the rock group U2, shares the story of the Irish poet, Brendan Kennelly. He relates that Kennelly has a memorable poem called The Book of Judas, and there’s a line in it that says: “If you want to serve the age, betray it.” Then Bono asks: … Continue reading Betray the Age