Nature vs Nurture “Love Is The Answer” by Aloe Blacc

As I start to prepare for the school year in a month or so, I realize how important my role is as an educator is to the young people I teach. This new music video from Aloe Blacc only highlights that innate responsibility.

Beardsley: Vergara Machine Planning to Sue in Other States to Break Tenure

The Teacher Tenure dispute is spreading . . .

Diane Ravitch's blog

On her blog VAMboozled, Audrey Beardsley reports that the Vergara machine–lawyers, PR firm, and big-time cash–is going on tour, planning to file lawsuits in several states, including New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, and Kansas.

You really have to wonder why billionaires and millionaires take pride in attacking the job rights of teachers.

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#HappyTeacherAppreciationWeek – Day One

Classroom-158251-300x230Batoula (centre), 13,  wants to become a minister and have the same opportunities as the boys, Niger.  Photo: UNESCO/Djibo TagazaFeatured Image -- 9602

So beyond the drunken Cinco de Mayo celebrations that today may warrant (no judgements 21 and over), this first week of May is also Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teachers Apperciation Week May 5-11 2014

Why I didn’t know about such a week last year (or the year before or the year before that) is really simple – I WAS TOO BUSY WITH TEACHING!!

When I first got out of grad school, I had the opportunity to teach College Composition at a small vocational college in Norwalk, CT over the summer. I was so nervous because I was SO green in college teaching. I had performed Student Teaching during my program but I was more of an intern than the manager of a high school classroom in Harlem, NY.


Luckily, I learned very quickly that the course content (textbooks, syllabus) was provided by the academic department and I was given the creative freedom to incorporate my own teaching methods to fulfill the course’s objectives.

At that moment, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders because I realized that the classroom would ultimately be my creation, sculpting the material to meet my students’ varied skills/learning styles.

Don't We ALL Want To Do This Once In A While?

Don’t We ALL Want To Do This Once In A While?

Through trial and error, late-night sessions of course material review (and tweaking), intense research from The Chronicle of Higher Education and self-reflection of undergrad experiences of as a student, I developed my teaching pedagogy that I carry with to this day.