Teacher Tools: Online Survival Kit

Whether virtual for a time or traditionally teaching, a variety of technology platforms must be integrated into our curricula. This is, after all, 2020—a wild ride of a year, but also one pushing us to be more innovative. As I always tell my students: we must try and, if we make mistakes or fail, we learn and we grow. Without taking chances, we stagnate, something against which we caution our own students…and there is enough hypocrisy in our world already. Thus begins my sporadic series on tools I find essentially useful to our classrooms, now and going forward. Here is the miracle of Padlet, explained more in depth, with the World Language teacher especially in mind!

Speak Stupid and Carry a Big Stick: The Demise of the Educated American.

The U.S.A. and her educational crisis “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Once, we were a nation that understood this: education is essential for freedom, for a functioning democracy, for change, for hope, and for a better world. But we have committed the great travesty…

Beyond the Lousy Paycheck: 10 Reasons Teachers Are Dashing in Droves

Education is our future; I and millions of other teachers are shaping that future. We make hundreds of split-second decisions every hour, from answering content-related questions to comforting a sobbing student to giving life advice. Teaching is a mental whirlwind, and an occupation laden with immense, overlooked responsibility. Perhaps more and more of the public is behind us, but we keep electing politicians who are not.