When it comes to education reform where Black and Brown children are concerned, I always ask one simple question: are the best interests of Black and Brown students top priority? In particular, this question frames the way I look at the charter v. traditional public school debate. As a Black educator, I find myself between … More Unsure About Running the Relay
The Constitution of the United States is a powerful document. Not only does it lay out the rules for governing, but it is also the mirror by which we look at ourselves as a nation; for better or for worse. As a former history teacher, I may come off bias, however, to know and understand … More A Curriculum Teaching the Rules of Engagement
Since the days of the Obama administration, there has been a heavy focus on providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to students of color. STEM education is important and the desire the increase the number of people of color, and women, in STEM fields is an admirable one. These areas are very important … More Abandon The Textbook
Police officers should not be stationed in schools. However, you may teach at a school where there is probably a school resource officer on the premise. Depending on the population of your school, you may have multiple on the campus. School resource officers are police officers who are assigned to schools to maintain discipline. They … More How Do You Discipline?
Years ago, I gave a professional development at a school where I was teaching. It was on cultural competency and cultural responsiveness and I was presenting to elementary school teachers. I remember a kindergarten teacher who made a comment that she didn’t believe her students saw color. She said something about her students never brought … More They See Color… Even When You Don’t
When it comes to recruiting prospective teachers of color, some school administrators and human resource managers claim that there aren’t enough viable candidates available to hire. When that premise is debunked, the next excuse they (administrators and HR managers) use is that they don’t know where to find teachers candidates of color. I would argue … More Have You Considered an HBCU when Recruiting Prospective Black Male Teachers?
Increasing attention is surrounding the need for school districts to hire more Black male teachers. Academics and journalists alike have offered statistical and common sense evidence to show the importance of Black male teachers for a variety of reasons. For example, a North Carolina study showed a decrease in disciplinary referrals for Black students when … More A Data-Driven Approach to Hiring More Black Male Teachers
One of the biggest decisions that you will ever make as a parent is deciding where to send your children to school. Depending on your finances, you may have a choice between sending them to a public school or a private school. If you decide on a public school, most times than not, your child … More When Deciding Public Versus Charter…
[Disclaimer – This post may be specific to teachers teaching upper-elementary to high school students] Most schools have policies that are against students smartphone use in the classroom. Some schools have policies against smartphone use during the entire school day. However, smartphone use is not just to call or text someone. A smartphone is a … More Integrating the Smartphone
Teachers desire to be effective. While aspiring to be the “teacher of the year” maybe a worthwhile and admirable goal, most teachers just want to be good teachers. For the novice teacher, surviving their first years aside, their effectiveness hangs on whether or not they can be a good teacher. Being a good teacher depends … More Teacher Efficacy & The Novice Teacher
As a teacher you encounter a number of students throughout your career. Some students enter and depart from memory, while others leave an impression that is lasting for a lifetime. You run into some students who exhibit great coping skills when they are faced with adversity. Then there are other students who don’t cope quite … More When The Breakdown Happens
One of the more tedious things you will do as a teacher is lesson plan. It is a necessary evil. Lesson planning looks different from school to school; even schools within districts. Principals or curriculum and instruction heads tend to develop the lesson plan template for the school or district to follow. These templates are … More The Tedious Art of Lesson Planning