The Case Against Homework

The one issue that causes more family discord between parents and children than any other is...homework. Once children return from school, groceries are picked up, the house tidied, dinner fixed and eaten, there's barely enough time for parents to check in with their children before its time for bed. Unrealistic homework expectations are unfair and can interfere with precious family time, especially if there seems to be little educational benefit.

 

How to Get Students Past Writer's Block

That force that causes students to sit in front of a blank screen, frustrated by the lack of flow, unable to continue on with a project—call it anxiety or call it perfectionism, but it is often given the name of “writer’s block.”

Writer’s block might be seen as a necessary part of writing, but there really isn't any reason for it at all. If you follow the right steps when you are implementing a writing assignment with your students, they might need to pause and think on occasion, but the whole process will go much more smoothly for everyone.

Tips for Writing the Essay for Your Master's in Education Application

Pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree signifies that you are ready to take the next step in your career. If you are currently working in education, an advanced degree offers a number of benefits that range from increased salary to additional leadership opportunities. If you are considering a change and have decided to become a teacher or administrator as a second career—welcome to the world of education!

Believing and Doubting for Critical Thinking

Difficult characters like Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart, can provide a learning opportunity for students, especially with the help of the “believing and doubting” game. In his book, Writing Without Teachers, Peter Elbow introduces the game as a technique for teaching students to fully understand an idea, explaining that "the truth is often complex and… different people often catch different aspects of it." In order to grasp these multi-faceted truths, Elbow recommends having students play the believing and doubting game. I believe that in order to instill empathy, compassion, and understanding in my students, it is essential for them to grasp a variety of concepts and beliefs that differ from what they have experienced in their own lives.  

Test Taking For Students With Anxiety

You know that unmistakable feeling? Your mouth is dry, your stomach tenses, palms sweaty, even adults find test taking nerve wracking. But for students with any type of anxiety disorder, exam time can become  incredibly stressful.

Common Sense on the Common Core

Whenever new initiatives are rolled out across school boards, teachers have to adapt. Learning new skills and policies, implementing best practice based on revised guidelines and changing our lesson plans and teaching philosophies to best meet the needs of the students we teach.

An essential part of our role is guiding and advising parents on how they can support the work we are doing in the classroom with consolidation and revision at home.