S.J. Dammett

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"She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.”

Yesterday I got an email from a faculty member who had just received her spring semester student ratings (yes, in August, but that’s a topic for …

Teaching

10 Steps for Running a Successful Professional Development (PD) Session

In the U.K. they call them TeachMeets. In the U.S. they might call them a PD session. But they're essentially the same thing: Teachers training other …

'The history of science is like an Indiana Jones-style treasure hunt – this is how we can engage learners'

At the beginning of a new year, I want to focus on some key elements of science that are becoming renewed in purpose, application and power in the …

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

MagazineThe Race Issue<p>Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population …

Native Hawaiians

JAGUAR, LEOPARD & CHEETAH : DIFFERENCES – Tigers and Other Wild Cats

<b>Cheetah</b><p>People often confuse between Jaguar, Leopard and Cheetah as they are of approximately same height and with spots on their bodies, but if we …

Wildlife

‎3 Teens. 1 Vision for a Math App. : App Store Story

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Is Bullshit

Why is it so popular?<p>Are you an introvert or an extrovert, a feeler or a thinker? For years, the go-to for this kind of introspective info has been gleaned from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a lengthy self-report survey established by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in the …

The Reason Personality Tests Go Viral Will Blow Your Mind

Please tell me the web personality quiz is NOT making a comeback. Maybe the popularity of these quizzes never even declined.<p>After rolling my eyes many many times this week, I eventually caved in. I finally took BuzzFeed’s “What City Should You Actually Live In?” quiz. In case you’re wondering, I …

The philistines have taken over the classroom

The view of truth and knowledge as unstable, transitory things is now widespread among opponents to rigorous, academic-based school curricula. The …

Philosophy Of Education

Does teaching have a literacy problem?

There’s a school improvement topic that remains taboo. The elephant in the staffroom is being ignored for fear of a stampede should it be …

Should teachers be required to earn education degrees?

Education is the most important thing in everyone's life<p>The teachers only care for their job or salary.Many schools colleges and universities have …

Education

How Teacher Training Hinders Special-Needs Students

Strong progress has been made to integrate students with disabilities into general-education classrooms. Educator instruction hasn’t kept up.<p>BLOOMFIELD, N.J.—When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special-education students and general-education students. …

Disability

How to Raise Boys Who Read

Hint: Not with gross-out books and video-game bribes.<p>When I was a young boy, America's elite schools and universities were almost entirely reserved for males. That seems incredible now, in an era when headlines suggest that boys are largely unfit for the classroom. In particular, they can't …

Education

Math class techniques can fix the writing class culture that leaves too many students behind

• Pick a topic that interests you (in a given framework) and do some reading.<br>• Come up with a question you want to answer (the seed of the thesis).<br>• Do more research to answer the question (i.e. come up with a true thesis).<br>• If this is done over the course of a month or two, every week (or more) you should …

Designing the Perfect School

In today’s world, students are preparing for a technologically driven future with jobs that in many cases have yet to be invented. So how do we …

Pedagogy

What Is the Purpose of Education?

You might have better luck asking, "What is the meaning of life?"<p>In the United States, historically, the purpose of education has evolved according …

5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb

<b>Listen to an Extended Version of this Post in a Podcast:</b><p><b>So many of us teach the way we were taught.</b> We may not even realize we’re doing it. And that …

Pedagogy

Grow Your Classroom Library

BARGAIN BOOK STOP #2<p>Another great spot is your local Goodwill (or any thrift store.) The books above are a sample of the HARDCOVER, LIKE-NEW, current …

Home – Teacher Trap

ABOUT COURSES BLOG SHOP TEACHER TRAP Teaching is the ultimate challenge, and I’m hooked. Find inspiration, resources, and humor to make your teaching …

5 Things Teachers Could Learn from the Marines

Fallujah probably isn’t the first place you’d go for ideas about how to improve our schools. It was the scene of some of the toughest fighting during …

Boot Camp for Teachers

Before the Air Force technician George Deneault flew combat missions, he had to practice—a lot. “You can’t fool around on combat aircraft.” But when Deneault retired and became a special-ed math teacher, he walked into a Virginia classroom cold. When asked which was easier—being a military …

Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

Q. is 7 years old. He cannot sit still for more than 15 seconds. He’s constantly hungry, trying to find crumbs on the classroom floor to eat. He will …

Teens

For elites, politics is driven by ideology. For voters, it’s not.

Committed liberals and conservatives don’t realize how weird they are.<p>You are weird. I am <i>very</i> weird. And the worst part is, we don’t really recognize how weird we are.<p>That’s the basic argument of Donald Kinder and Nathan Kalmoe’s <i>Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Ideological Innocence in the</i> …

Jaime's Escalante's Second Act

By David Hill<p>Jaime Escalante, arguably the most famous teacher in America, is standing just inside the entrance to his classroom at Hiram Johnson …

High School

‎Master Your Memory : App Store Story

Class Struggle - Unlike many, Escalante believed in teaching, not sorting

<i>[This is my piece for the Post's Outlook section of April 4, 2010.]</i> <br>From 1982 to 1987 I stalked Jaime Escalante, his students and his colleagues at Garfield High School, a block from the hamburger-burrito stands, body shops and bars of Atlantic Boulevard in East Los Angeles. I was the Los Angeles …

4 teaching mistakes that drained my energy (and the solutions that changed everything)

I am always looking for ways to save energy. I shared in my book Unshakeable that energy is one of our most precious resources because unlike time, …

Our Brains Have a Map for Numbers

“<i>Come</i> <i>on</i>. Get out of the express checkout lane! That’s way more than twelve items, lady.”<p>Without having to count, you can make a good guess at how …

What Are Numbers, Really? A Cerebral Basis For Number Sense

<i>Fellow at The Rockridge Institute; Author, The Little Blue Book</i><p>I have been waiting anxiously for Dehaene's book to reach the local bookstores here. I …