Meghan Carney

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Paulo Freire: dialogue, praxis and education

Paulo Freire, dialogue, praxis and education. Perhaps the most influential thinker about education in the late twentieth century, Paulo Freire has …

How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom, Pt 1

<b>How Do I Get Started? A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing a Student-Centered Classroom Part I</b><p><b>A Series in Six Parts to Help Anyone Get Started in</b> …

Critical Pedagogy: Being the Other

Last week, I began my fall semester a few weeks before my university because we place our teacher certification candidates in year-long placements, …

Critical Thinking

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic …

Why Children's Cartoons Have a Sexism Problem

Racism in classic old cartoons is as ubiquitous as characters getting crushed by an anvil. Remember Slow Poke Rodriguez, the lazy, gun-toting Mexican rat from Looney Tunes? Or the blackface caricature Bosko, also from Looney Tunes? Or pretty much any and all of Disney's <i>Song of the South?</i><p>These …

5 Peer Conferencing Strategies That Actually Work

<b>Neon Revision</b><p>Many kids don’t know what or where to mark when reading another student’s work. Neon revision is an approach that can really help. …

The Power of "I Don't Know"

But in school where every client is a work in progress, we need to cultivate a certain excitement in not knowing something. Modeling an excited "I …

Teaching

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or …

Teaching

Arts Integration

Arts Integration<p>It can benefit students well beyond arts classes, function as an in-place field trip, and strengthen your school’s ties to parents …

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom

Social media can turn an awkward school discussion into an addictive debate.<p>Highlighting vocabulary words; underlining passages; drawing stars and smiley faces in the margins—these are the hallmarks of ninth grade English class. Students are encouraged to interact with the text, almost holding a …

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

To change that is easier said than done. Working within an answers-based education system, and in a culture where questioning may be seen as a sign …

Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

What's Plan B?<p>When you're integrating technology and designing a classroom management strategy, it's always best to think about the kind of scene …

Education Technology

Prioritizing Student Voices

A particular class period with Milly remains etched in my mind. Before class, I had scanned students' drafts for a monologue project. Milly's draft …

Teaching

Don't Even Think About Leaving Home Without These Apps on Your Phone

<i>This article was written by Ben Bowers and originally published on AskMen.</i><p>Though most smartphone owners may view their device as a critical tool for handling the details of their everyday lives, thanks to a bevy of incredibly useful applications, this pocket-sized wonder can also be a tremendous …

Apps

Innovations in Teacher Prep and Support: Resource Roundup

Resources by Topic:<p>Before exploring the resources, read “Why Is Teacher Development Important? Because Students Deserve the Best“ to learn about the …

Teaching

Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

It's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children's/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category.<p>Which is why we were only a little surprised to see the tremendous …

What Makes a Great Teacher?

What makes a great teacher?<p>According to the loudest and most influential education reformers, the answer is pretty straightforward. Great teachers …

KQED

One of the best ways for frustrated parents, students and teachers to convince school leaders that it’s time for a reboot is with amazing student …

10 Reasons Why Reading Books Will Save Your Life

Why Read? Is Reading Important?<p><b>What Are The Benefits Of Reading?</b><p>We started <b>WhytoRead.com</b> to encourage you to read more and to introduce you to new …

Non-fiction

How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing

Reading about TPACK helps me understand why transforming instruction with technology is slow in many but not all classrooms, a notion articulated …

Education Technology