Check out these Back to School tips for social justice educators. Includes free lessons and resources!
Often times, teachers appear in the news as the scapegoats for low achievement achievement or as those at the center of new high-stakes accountability measures. So it’s refreshing to come across a news story that takes a more personal and positive look at teaching. Read about a young teacher in Oklahoma who was featured on … More Some good news about teaching!
I recently received Smarter Together! Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom as a gift. Although written for elementary teachers, the book offers some great insights and resources applicable to teachers at all grade levels. The authors (in Chapter 7 & Appendix B) provide guidance for adapting existing mathematical tasks to be more “groupworthy” — requires … More Adapting Rich Mathematical Tasks: Guiding questions & resources
I have been drafting this post since August 9, 2014. But words have failed me. Late-August. I was driving about 5 mph above the speed limit when I passed by a police car. My heart rate accelerated slightly. I looked back in my rearview mirror for flashing lights. Nothing. I sighed in relief. Then it … More Ferguson by the Numbers
For anyone who happens to be near Chicago, this is a great opportunity to connect with other educators working for social justice.
Please forgive my long absence! I’ve been busy this summer writing two book chapters. One I co-authored with Sheila Orr, where we described our collaborative efforts to plan and enact the literacy unit in her classroom last year. The chapter will appear in a book that explores teaching for social justice in a world of Common … More Updated Links & Resources!
Since Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, I have bounced around among the various stages of grief. First came denial. Denial that our country’s highest court would uphold that protecting the religious rights of corporations (people) justifies sacrificing individual female employees’ (also, people?) right to affordable healthcare and right to choose options based on their own beliefs. The … More LESSON IDEA: Do girls have a voice at the mathematics “table” in your classroom?
A few weeks ago, I joined a group of wonderful prospective high school mathematics teachers to talk about adapting existing curriculum to be more relevant to students and the world they live in. During this discussion, I shared the work that Sheila Orr and I did last summer to develop a mathematics unit to guide students’ … More Kids Say the Darnest Things…Why that’s a good thing for your math classroom