On Curriculum: How Pinterest and TpT Exacerbate Inequity

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The Importance of Content Knowledge and Curriculum The daily instructional choices of teachers are increasingly being embraced as key levers for reducing educational disparities in schools. Using the Glossary of Education Reform definition, a curriculum should be understood broadly as: the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn mandated learning¬†standards or learning objectives the … Continue reading On Curriculum: How Pinterest and TpT Exacerbate Inequity

Countering Science Denial in Education

There is a naive, Enlightenment-inspired belief that when we know better, we do better - that evidence and facts alone change minds. In this dream world, after being shown the latest research, teachers would hastily adopt best practices and refrain from using unproven and ineffective fads in the classroom. But if we look to history, … Continue reading Countering Science Denial in Education

3 Takeaways from researchED Vancouver

A favorite memory from researchED Vancouver was riding a yellow school bus to-and-from Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay pier to the Mulgrave School (conference site), casually chit-chatting with presenters Tom Bennett, Robert Pondiscio, Barbara Oakley, Barry Garelick and Eric Kalenze. It was quite incredible - teachers, researchers, and presenters, all seated together on a humble school bus … Continue reading 3 Takeaways from researchED Vancouver

“Progressive” Education is Stuck in the 19th Century

This piece explores the 200-year history of progressive education in America. Where did this movement start, what was its inspiration, and why does it persist? While the name itself implies progress, what follows will show how this educational ideology keeps tempting educators to go backwards. What Is "Progressive" Education? Progressivism was the dominant educational ideology … Continue reading “Progressive” Education is Stuck in the 19th Century

Productive Uses of Silence in the Classroom

Things beneficial to our long-term well-being are not always easy, nor are they immediately enjoyable in the moment. Sustained attention, patience, discipline, and an ability to delay gratification are difficult to cultivate, and take great training to develop.¬†¬†Likewise, I've found classroom practices that benefit student learning are not immediately enjoyable and are often contrary to … Continue reading Productive Uses of Silence in the Classroom

Deliberate Practice: The Key to Improvement in Music and Teaching

I was born into a family of musicians. My father was drafted during the U.S. - Vietnam War but thankfully avoided combat by auditioning successfully for the Army Band. Later, my parents met while studying piano and organ studies together in graduate school. Starting at age four, each of my three siblings and I started … Continue reading Deliberate Practice: The Key to Improvement in Music and Teaching