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