What Kids Notice

How to Create a Safe and Loving Classroom Environment “When my children used to walk in the room … I looked at them to see if they had buckled their trousers or if their hair was combed or if their socks were up. You think your affection and your deep love is on display because you’re … Read More

Teaching Kids to Make the ‘Right’ Choice

How to Grow Your Students’ Hearts Along With Their Brains “We need to care less about whether our children are academically gifted and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria.” I’ve seen this quote making the rounds on social media a lot lately.  And as both a mother and a … Read More

The Freedom to Find One’s Genius

Why Creativity in the Classroom is Vital to Learning I know being a teacher sometimes feels like a hopeless endeavor. With constant changes and unending expectations placed upon us, it takes perseverance and dedication to stay in this very sacred profession. But I believe even with all our challenges, educators still have the power to … Read More

Teaching Every Student—Even the ‘Bad Berries’

Why Running a School Like a Business Doesn’t Work In the 80’s, Jamie Vollmer, a businessman and attorney, became famous when People magazine named his company’s blueberry ice cream the “Best Ice Cream in America.” He wasn’t just a successful businessman, he was also an education advocate. Mr. Vollmer contended that schools were stuck in … Read More

Public Education Needs a Revolution

What Can Teachers Do to Make the System Work for All Students? It’s time for our public education system to be reinvented. We currently have alarming rates of non-graduation from schools and colleges, and the levels of stress and depression among students and their teachers have skyrocketed. University degrees are falling in value, yet the … Read More

Reinventing the Classroom Experience

How to Overcome Politics & Limitations in Education Are you deeply concerned about education? I am. Education systems are being reformed across the county, but it seems in many cases, the changes are driven by political and commercial interests. By people that don’t understand how real students learn and how great schools actually work. There! … Read More

You and Your Students Are More Than This Test

Understanding—and embracing—what standardized tests don’t measure This is the time of the school year where I feel the most compassion for our educators and students, as they begin taking the series of tests that will be used to identify and classify them in the eyes of our current educational systems. I’ve watched countless students and … Read More