I am an ex-pat educator living in Japan and write about education, running, parenting, writing, and personal growth/travel/life/etc. Really, whatever is moving me at the movement makes it onto the page.
Before I even dived in (or listened in), I was already nodding my head in agreement. Teaching is prone to fads. I would even dare say it is overly prone to fads. With a decade of teaching under my belt, I have certainly felt the cyclical winds of education blow through.
Although there are some mainstays, such as backward unit planning (Understanding by Design) and using standards to guide instruction, each year I walk into another professional learning session, I am reminded yet again of how much there is…
I have been spending more of my leisure time reading instead of writing. After a couple of months of daily writing, I felt myself beginning to wear down from the heavy expectations of the habit.
Lately, I have been prioritizing daily reading in lieu of daily writing to implement more of a balance in my already busy family and work life.
Although it may seem like I am in a slump, I am actually enjoying tearing through my book collection at a rapid clip. …
Julia Brodsky, a contributor to Forbes, poses an interesting question in her article, “How Metaphors Shape Our Ideas About Education.” Brodsky interviews experienced educator and writer Julia Turchaninova, exploring the most common metaphors that are used to describe the complicated system that is education.
Turchaninova states, “metaphors help us visualize and convey our mental models (the intuitive frameworks we carry in our mind that help us interpret the world) in a succinct manner.”
Turchaninova begins optimistically using the oft-referred to “garden” metaphor first posed by John Amos Comenius, known as the father of modern education. In this metaphor, schools are…
Advice runs rampant on the internet. Write every day. Create a writing routine. Write about what you love. Write for your audience.
Recently, I read an article from a well-known blogger that advises keeping writing simple. Sentences and paragraphs should be clear and concise. Shorten sentences. Create plenty of white space between paragraphs. Ensure ideas are crystal clear. Use bullets for takeaways.
As a reader who loves the eloquence of the written language, I felt vaguely affronted. I highly value the poetry of the written word, even when not in a poetic form.
Recently, while reading Dear Edward by Ann…
Schools are beginning to re-open after a year of navigating a challenging educational landscape. Students and teachers have grappled with the steep learning curve of remote learning. Now, researchers, administrators, policymakers, and educators are wondering how this past year has changed the future of education. Will schools embrace hybrid learning and 1:1 device access going forward?
My daughters are 7 and 8. They are highly sensitive to media. We still have not made it past the first scenes of Finding Nemo. My oldest daughter, who is diagnosed twice-exceptional (Gifted/ADHD) can’t handle any form of animal harm, and my younger daughter, who is extraordinarily sensitive and perceptive, can’t handle any kind of human conflict.
We do not watch cable TV at my house. The news is never prowling our house with consistent negative messages. My husband and I read and watch the news on our phones, safe from the prying eyes and ears of our curious children.
Through my tears, I told my husband I was at my limit. As we sat together on the couch, reading the Vietnamese news on our phones while simultaneously reviewing updates from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, I cried and feared a panic attack for the first time in my life.
It has become increasingly evident over the last several years that we are in dire need of revitalizing civics education in the U.S.
The National Council for the Social Studies defines civics education as “the study of how people participate in governing society.” Students must be knowledgeable of the history and principles of our nation with the ability to address complex public problems in a participatory and leadership fashion.
Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is advocating for $106 million to be funded towards additional initiatives in civics education. He is also advocating for a $3,000 bonus for teachers who obtain…
Like most parents, I become profoundly irritated when my kids interrupt me 9,000 times while trying to work. It seems like the dream to be able to work from home while the children play in their rooms.
In reality, the kids are rarely playing in their rooms and are instead flocking to my computer screen like moths to a flame. If I don’t bribe them with their own screen time, they are trying to steal mine.
Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home. …