Thanks to Thanks, Textbooks

Thanks to Thanks, Textbooks

Sometimes there’s a blog that just gets it right. Thanks, textbooks, is one such blog. They have images from textbooks around the world, but the commentary is what kills me. Click on the link above or here: http://thankstextbooks.tumblr.com/ for a good laugh.

Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning

Life long learning. Life long learners. Those are words that come up often in the profession of teaching and the field of education. We want students to experience life long learning and we want them to identify with being a life long learner, but do we do the same? I noted a change in my … Continue reading

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

This winter, I attended University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum where I was able to hear one of my academic heroine’s, Angela Valenzuela, speak. Valenzuela’s text, Subtractive Schooling, is one of my favorites. She conducts research at a large high school in Houston, Texas, and posits that the Mexican immigrant students are not resisting the school … Continue reading

End of School Year Deluge of Work

End of School Year Deluge of Work

Each June, I know it’s coming. At the end of each school year piles and piles of work get sent home. Folders. Paperclips. Cute stuff. Stupid stuff (why did  you send this home, o’ teacher, WHY?!?!). Rubrics, rubrics, rubrics. Crappy worksheets. Amazing drawings. Not-so-amazing drawings. Math workbooks that are completed. Writing workbooks that are empty … Continue reading

IEP Drama in a Broken System

IEP Drama in a Broken System

Having been a full-time educator now for 15 years and having been a parent for almost 8 years, there are moments when the two experiences collide and one sheds light on the other in a blinding way. This happened recently with my son’s IEP process. WARNING: This is along one, readers. [For those of you … Continue reading

Books = Joy

Books = Joy

It will come as no surprise that I love books. I have books I have had since my childhood in our apartment, I think the oldest one being a wordless book called A Sleepless Day by John Hamberger, a gift from my beloved Aunt Helen on my 2nd birthday. I have a bit of OCD … Continue reading