It was Mr. Rogers who said that we “don’t need to put on a funny hat to communicate with a child.”
I spent many years working hard trying to make sure that things got funny in stories. I would think outside
Some years ago here in the PLC, Laura Censis wrote intelligently about how to communicate with parents about how we grade in our non-targeted approach:
Spanish I students do not start this course with significant Spanish skills. They are here to
We need to address HOW we are making our kids feel when they are in our classes.
To extend Marshall McCluhan's message beyond electronic media, is it not possible that we ourselves, our bodies and the expressions on our faces, are
Corinne out in Redding, CA reports in on how the Star is making it easier for her to teach online:
People are going to love being taught a language online the way we have been practicing together in our Zoom group
In schools, we don't really offer languages (I know there are exceptions like Alisa's team in Chicago), to young kids under the age of 12, but then when they are in secondary school they start.
Think about that. This conflicts
I see a parallel with what is happening with police and what is happening with teachers. Both are being asked to do too much. This brings a certain meanness into them.
Look at how we grade kids. It is divisive. Some
We take the data-collection piece of our work as a true and valid thing. It is not. We are serving a monster - the data collection business that makes millions of dollars off of us and our kids each year.
We have discussed the importance of the artists and their work. Here is some further discussion on this important subject:
One morning I was doing my morning routine of sitting at the kitchen table answering emails, the usual. My eye caught