George Floyd Is in Your Classroom

Photo: https://education.utexas.edu/departments/curriculum-instruction/research Viewing the horror of George Floyd’s murder stunned the nation, galvanizing international protests in a collective demand for justice. Now, whether you experienced the searing pain of combined grief and outrage or simply saw it as a tragic incident, one truth remains for all educators: George Floyd will be in your classroom this …

Why Classroom Management Is Not the Answer

Photo: https://www.learningpaths.in/classroom-management-lets-start-class/classroom-management/ By Denise Fawcett Facey In virtually every teacher education program, classroom management is a major emphasis. While it encompasses the order and structure for how everything is done in a classroom, the part that everyone seems to focus on is controlling students’ behavior. After all, the thinking goes, if you don’t control your …

Starting the School Year Right

Photo: http://houseofhurst.com/2017/08/15/from-us-to-you-our-top-tips-for-starting-the-school-year-off-right/ By Denise Fawcett Facey Now that the school year has been underway for several weeks everywhere across the country, how’s it going in your classroom? For some, your classrooms may be humming along. Both you and your students are enjoying the learning that occurs in your classroom. Fortunately, you’ve infused it with the …

Why Teach?

Kids are intriguing people. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I became a teacher. In the early years, they taught me as much as I taught them, imparting life lessons they had earned the hard way on rough streets as I set about sparking an interest in history. And we all gained from it. …

Changing Classes in Elementary School

Photo: http://www.trbimg.com/img-1348089477/ turbine/chi-school19stairs20120919130404/ 768 Educational changes can be good, but sometimes you need to weigh the benefits gained against the disadvantages that students might incur. What I’m talking about is the new practice of having elementary students change classes—or departmentalize—as middle and high school students have always done. Gaining in acceptance as it becomes more …