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Three Ways Teachers Can Make School Suck Less – Education Week Teacher

"School sucks." My favorite scene from the sitcom “Louie” has Louis C.K. attending a parent meeting at his daughters' school, speaking the obvious to the baffled silence of the teachers and parents around him. The parents have been pontificating on various theories for why there has been a “marked decline in the spirit and energy” [...]

Three Ways Teachers Can Make School Suck Less – Education Week Teacher 2016-03-15T06:04:25+00:00

Becoming a ‘Badass’ Teacher – Education Week Teacher

Mark Nason, founder of the Badass Teachers Association, wrote these words to describe the teacher many of us want to teach with, want to be, want our children to have. They describe a teacher who is courageous, connected, creative … and so much more. I’m not personally a member of the BTA, and in fact [...]

Becoming a ‘Badass’ Teacher – Education Week Teacher 2017-10-15T07:05:15+00:00

Education Week: A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers

As another school year begins and old routines settle back into place, I wanted to share my story in honor of the teachers everywhere who care for our children. I lost my 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace on Dec. 14, 2012, in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My son, who was in the building [...]

Education Week: A Sandy Hook Parent’s Letter to Teachers 2017-01-20T21:39:22+00:00

Angels Amongst Us | Lily’s Blackboard

“Take me instead. They’re just babies.” That was the prayer of those babies’ teacher, Anna Canaday. When the Oklahoma tornado hit Plaza Towers Elementary School, she and her colleague, Jessica Simonds, tried to get the kindergartners to shelter. There was no time. She shielded her babies with her body, saving them when a black Ford [...]

Angels Amongst Us | Lily’s Blackboard 2016-02-09T19:31:24+00:00