I’ve worked hard to develop engaging lesson plans about immigration. It’s a topic about which I feel a lot of passion, and I have been thinking recently about exactly what it is that I want students to learn about the immigration experience. Of course, to try to pigeonhole the struggles and triumphs of millions of people into one neat little lesson plan is ridiculous, but I do have a few goals that I want to accomplish.
There’s a long-standing stigma around vocational technology programs. It began in the 1970s when white collar jobs began to be seen as more important than factory work and manufacturing. Suddenly, working with your hands wasn’t as admirable as working with your brain. Tech and manufacturing jobs got shipped overseas and the educational system began to focus on academic measures of success.
Whether you want them to try poetry writing or activities to adopt a growth mindset or even a new way of signing out the bathroom pass, it is not always easy to get students to try something new. I’ve tried some crazy ideas on my students—some that flopped, and some that I have stayed with for years. But it isn't enough to just have an inspired idea. You’ll have a little work to do if you want to get students to change the status quo, but innovation is worth the risk.
Every fall, a similar scene plays out at high schools across the nation. A senior approaches a teacher and says, “Mr. [Insert Name Here], you were my favorite teacher last year. I was wondering if…” If you don’t know the next words out of the student’s mouth, that means no student has ever asked you to write a college recommendation letter. There’s a lot to know about writing a good letter. By the end of this article, you’ll have a grasp on the basics, and possess resources that will help you on your letter-writing journey.
There’s plenty of jargon out there when it comes to educational policy. One particular concept that is receiving a significant amount of attention these days is school vouchers. What isn’t receiving much attention, however, is what these vouchers actually are and how they actually work. Unfortunately, with a president and secretary of education who both strongly endorse school vouchers, much of the information surrounding these programs winds up so highly politicized it becomes difficult for the average person to navigate.