Memorial Day is right around the corner, and one of the most effective teaching strategies is to combine the curriculum with real life.
No doubt about it, no matter who you are or how much experience you have with presenting–sometimes it’s just plain terrifying. And that goes for whether you’re a teacher, or student.
When it comes to teaching presentation skills, it’s all about encouraging your students to be comfortable, to relax, to stand tall, to breathe, and to speak with authority. But sometimes, being a fearless presenter goes beyond that. Continue reading
An article in the Wall Street Journal addresses the relevant, and difficult question regarding ‘darkness’ or negativity in young adult literature.
“Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?”
And this is a question that many teachers face in their classrooms. Why is it that we teach books about death, abuse, addiction, and pain to young kids? Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking to renown producer and DJ, Justin Blau, known by his stage name, 3LAU. (I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’m a huge EDM fan). But regardless of whether you’ve heard his remixes, or are into the genre at all, the story of his career is an amazing one, because he believes in the power of education. Continue reading
As a secondary English teacher, mental health is a huge issue I’ve faced, both in and out of the classroom. I’ve also seen this in my personal life, with friends, siblings of friends, and people I’ve encountered who have battled depression and other mental illnesses.
These illnesses are disabling, their crippling, and they make a huge impact on the way we learn and approach the world.
That’s why awareness, understanding, and compassion are THE most important ways, as teachers, we can connect with our struggling students. Continue reading
I believe in what you are doing.
I believe that you are trying.
I believe in your perseverance, strength, and dedication.
I believe you will complete this assignment, and do so to the best of your ability.
I believe that you will learn.
I believe you will be successful.
I believe that you will do great things.
I believe in you. Continue reading