March 9, 2017

“Maybe I’m just not good at math.” Hearing those words from Alice, one of my students, made my heart sink. Like all of my students, I knew that she had the potential to succeed. The challenge was finding a way to engage her and help her develop a growth mindset.

Alice t...

July 2, 2016

As I wind up the school year and reflect on all that has happened this year, I have been thinking about what it means to be a teacher. In our society today, teachers are too often thought of as having one singular function, when in reality, teachers wear many different...

May 24, 2016

TeachStrong is a national campaign dedicated to modernizing and elevating the teaching profession. Sixty partner organizations have united in the belief that our nation’s students and teachers are not receiving the support and attention they need to thrive. Learn more...

April 28, 2016

Michigan Department of Education Superintendent Brian Whiston has challenged our state to become a Top 10 Education state in 10 years, but at the rate we are going, we’re headed right to the bottom. The Great Lake State is on track to becoming a state better defined by...

April 27, 2016

Right now, Michigan high school students are in the middle of taking our annual state testing, the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). For 11th graders this includes the SAT, WorkKeys (a job-skills test), and the MSTEP test (the state's social studies and science test). For our...

April 26, 2016

If you had asked me six months ago if I would be requesting meetings with legislators and sharing my experiences as an educator with them, I would have laughed at you. But that is exactly what I did this month and will be doing in the future. If you are an educator you...

January 18, 2016

There is a lot of media coverage right now about the deplorable conditions in Detroit Public Schools and the water crisis in Flint. These two crises are superimposed on Superintendent Whiston’s Campaign for Michigan to become a Top Ten [Education] State in Ten Years, w...

October 23, 2015

In our program, college and career readiness is everything. We are an early middle college and our students must complete Eastern Michigan University courses to graduate from high school. How many courses the students complete depends on many factors, but most student...

September 18, 2015

 

#ITeachBecause it is fun and challenging. Teaching requires strong content knowledge and managerial/coaching skills. I love the challenge of math, and engineering and science, but I’ll stick to math here because that is what I teach. Math is a puzzle that requires log...

September 16, 2015

 

Do you use standards-based grading? I started several years ago in my arithmetic and Algebra I classes at the early middle college I teach at. Students were not using their assessments as a way to gather feedback and make improvements so I decided to try changing the...

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