I have asked about 1,000 teachers......
Over the past year I have had a unique experience to explore education in the United States through teaching, public speaking, consulting, conducting webinars, and connecting online. I have been obsessed with asking educators one VERY IMPORTANT question. What is the purpose of school? After asking over 1,000 educators this question, the following are answers that I have received: ...... ...... ...... ...... ..... awkward ..... ...... ...... ...... awkward (We have a proble
"Literacy is my 2nd hour class"
It was about the 50th time I heard a student say; “Why are we writing? This is science not literacy.” or “Why are we doing math, this is science?” They really did not understand. They did not see the connection between these different content areas and the skills they represent. Was it their fault? Were they just being lazy? In my opinion, the answer is no. It is our fault. We are just being lazy. We have officially isolated our content areas into silos. It had become clear
Pop Quiz: Value vs. Value
Take this quick quiz. You should do fine. Which of the following is worth more? A. Diamonds B. The Mona Lisa C. Oxygen D. Water Do the research. You will find out that the obvious answer is: #1: The Mona Lisa is BY FAR worth the most. #2: Diamonds are easily in second place. Very expensive. #3. Water is cheap. Actually it is free in most countries. There is a lot of water. If you have to purchase it, say a bottle of water everyday for a year, it would be about $60
Why is "being connected" optional for educators?
This post is in appreciation of my PLN! Thank you!!! Teaching used to be a really strange profession. Teachers had to engage students in innovative lessons and prepare them for their future without much creative help. Once you became a teacher, you really never had an opportunity to see what other teachers were doing in their classroom. You didn’t get to see all of the new innovative and up-to-date educational ideas that were going on. Most teachers succumbed to the text