Here’s a huge problem that every educator encounters on a pretty regular basis: the classroom full of blank stares as you describe an assignment. Or worse, the rolling eyes and ...
Share it now!“The future is unwritten.” Joe Strummer Teachable moments are nothing new to the education profession. Generations of teachers have capitalized upon these. There have been journal articles written about them. Professional development workshops have filled summer days for generations. After teaching for a decade, I have enjoyed my share of them. But the [...]
Share it now!Not that long ago, Jaden Smith encouraged everyone paying attention on the web via Twitter to drop out of school. The son of the famous actor, Will Smith tried his hand at being an educational philosopher at the end of this past September. This is actually nothing new in the realm of public [...]
Share it now! Insurgent instruction is an educational approach comprised of parts. Similarly, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The primary reason for this is due to the unknown and unexpected facets, the students and the teachers. This portion of education is what makes it so much fun as well as [...]
Share it now! This next series of posts will focus on a new a different approach to classroom teaching. More than an approach, it is a perspective…a philosophy of teaching and learning. This term “philosophy of education” has been bandied about far too much in the recent decades. However, for this approach and understanding to [...]
Share it now!Here at the end of the journey of the Theater of the Classroom, the question remains of what exactly is a storyteller? This last portion of this examination of enlivening the classroom has been focused on the role of the storyteller. Part of the ultimate objective of classroom teaching is not only to [...]
Share it now!It’s pretty much standard that every job hunter should have some kind of college degree. You’ve probably seen job listings that require a specific level of education, probably at least a bachelor’s degree for any kind of specialized work, as well as a certain amount of experience even to be considered for the [...]
Share it now! Humans have been storytelling since before the advent for formal language. It seems as if we are literally hardwired for incomparable act of immortality. The great mythologist, Joseph Campbell showed through his life’s work that regardless of the era or location many of the stories were the same. From time immemorial, stories [...]
Share it now!Theater of the Classroom – Presentation in the Round This final presentation of a theater production, and a lesson, is perhaps the most modern and most engaging for our audience. In this particular presentation the teacher and the students play the role of the principle players in the production. Now do not be [...]
Share it now!The Thrust presentation in the theater is one which marks a more modern interpretation of dramatic presentation of productions. One of the more difficult challenges that performers, as well as teachers, face are maintaining active audience engagement throughout the entirety of the production. Along with this dealing effectively with any disruption, or hecklers, [...]
Share it now!Every year in the United States, an estimated 500,000 teachers leave their schools, with only 16% of the departures the result of retirement. The bulk of teachers leave for a variety of other reasons, including whether or not they perceive their school’s leadership to be effective. Without strong leadership, it is much easier [...]
Share it now!Below is the speech Matt Damon gave at the Save Our Schools March on July 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. I had incredible teachers. And as I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of [...]
Share it now!Painting a picture that was both harrowing and hopeful, Van Jones titillated the gathering of educators on the final morning of ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference with both the peril and promise of tomorrow. In short, despite the copious challenges we find ourselves in today, we can look to the generation currently in our [...]
Share it now! The original and perhaps first presentation of dramatic works, barring the storytelling around the communal campfire, is the proscenium presentation. It is perhaps the best known and most widely recognized theatrical staging of any dramatic work. This staging is familiar as it resembles a box or television screen. In fact, many theorists [...]
Share it now!I recently attended the Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) conference organized by ASCD, a professional organization for educators and administrators. The keynote speaker at this conference was Diane Ravitch, a one-time staunch supporter of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). She has since recognized the damage being wrought in the name [...]
Share it now!There are several dimensions taken together in varying levels of degree that embody the effective teacher. Since teachers range from preschool through post secondary levels, and are unique people, no two teachers will have the same combination nor will all of them be present in every excellent teacher. There are also qualities that [...]
Over reported research leads to “brain-based” products, perhaps at the cost of student learning. Under reported related research might provide an answer.
Marquin Parks shares the story of learning that a former student has decided to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher.
Share it now!Among the millions of pieces of spam e-mail that clutter our inboxes, there are always some from online universities. They promise the degree of our dreams for a fraction of the cost of brick-and-mortar schools, and often in half the time. Thus, the stock of online universities – both the legitimate ones and [...]
Share it now!It is little or no surprise that foster kids have a harder go at becoming ingratiated into society than kids living with both biological parents. Some of the difficulties involved stem from the inherent uncertainty as to the child’s place. Do I belong here? Why can’t my “real” parents take care of me? [...]