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Unschooling

Unschooling

I am often envious at unschooling meet ups because many of the parents are extraordinarily accomplished. They are scientists, artists, programmers, musicians. And when you ask them how they accomplished what they did, you often hear the same response. I taught myself. …

Childism:  Changing perspective on society’s discrimination against struggling children

Childism: Changing perspective on society’s discrimination against struggling children

Shame and the use of threats still plague our classrooms as a way of keeping children in compliance.…

Houston is Multilingual, Why Isn’t Our Education?

Houston is Multilingual, Why Isn’t Our Education?

All students, even native-born Engish speakers, have much to gain from fluency in multiple languages.…

A Former Teacher Speaks

A Former Teacher Speaks

Students need to feel they’re in a loving, safe environment when they’re at school, where the adults care about them, respect them, and have high expectations for them. …

Smells Like School Spirit: Behind the Scenes of a Parent Teacher Organization

Smells Like School Spirit: Behind the Scenes of a Parent Teacher Organization

No school can function without parents...When the child sees how important their education is to their parents, they are more likely to treat school as something important.…

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN COUNT ME OUT (IN)

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN COUNT ME OUT (IN)

You can never know what you don’t know until you know it. You can never understand something you find incomprehensible until someone who is not your mother makes you take it apart and look at it clearly, and calls bullshit on your pre-existing assumptions and your conviction that beliefs are facts.…

Miles to Go…Back to School

Miles to Go…Back to School

I’m one of the lucky teachers who loved teaching on the day I retired as much as I did when I first entered the doors of a school. I wish all educators had the same benefits and advantages as I did.…

Not Your Superwoman

Not Your Superwoman

The triumphs in teaching are tiny; small moments of joy found between frustrating hours of planning, grading, coaching, counseling, nursing, parenting, paperwork, and endless patience. …