For the Love of Shoes

I have said that I love shoes, as recently as this week. I always joke with my students that I like their shoes and ask if we can trade. They always say no, until I asked Derek. He said yes, and he was serious. I kicked off my shoes and he his. They were a…

THE INNOVATION DILEMMA

  Webster defines “innovation” as a new idea, device, or method. I am back for my thirteenth year in education and my third as a Special Education teacher in an elementary setting. Our administration has asked us to spear head an “innovation challenge” where we are to look towards new ways of improving student learning….

TEACHING FOR THE MONEY

As tomorrow starts another beginning to another school year, I can’t help but reflect on how I ended up in the teaching profession. The following phrase has been repeated multiple times over the years in the different school districts that I have worked, “No one teaches for the money.” Or something like that is phrased…

THE 12 STEPS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EDUCATORS

I found this recently. It is something I created while in graduate school. I think it is amazing that there are recurring themes of social justice that interest and excite me.  The 12 Steps: Recommendations for Educators 1. We admitted that our cultural background is not always “right” or “normal.” 2. We became aware that…

BAND-AIDS TO PRISON: AN AWAKENING

As a teacher I have long recognized that fair is not equal. In a terrible twist of hypocrisy, I formerly explained to my students the following example. Teacher: “If Jose cuts his finger and I give him a band-aid, and you want one too but have no visible need for one, then would it be…