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Category: Teacher Voice

“Can Hip Hop Save Us?” Hosted by Fresh Ed’s James Miles

“Hip-hop is one of the most powerful forces…It’s a culture that connects people from any race, school of thought, creed, religion, or color; a global phenomenon that exists in the United States, started in South Bronx and exists in crevices of the world.” — John Robinson, rapper, producer and educator We’re all accustomed to the same […]

The Majority-Only’s Dilemma

“I make $1,100 per two-week pay period. Union dues are $60–80, and Arizona puts 11% of my check into a retirement fund,” says Molly Hanzel, a science teacher at Carl Hayden High in Phoenix. Hanzel says the Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) maintains “a very strong presence at Hayden.” They recruit at the beginning of the […]

A Call For Classroom Research

To fully realize technology’s potential to improve the opportunity to learn, research findings [from the disciplines of cognitive science, neuroscience, education, psychology, sociology, and economics] should be communicated in a way that is useful to [everyone] looking for effective methods to improve student outcomes. ~ DigitalPromise Research Initiative We at Kiddom like to ponder how […]

I Ditched Class; Mostly, to Read in the Stairwells

In school, I charted how long each teacher would tolerate my absence, took note of which hallways were unusually good for hiding, and, being rather nerdy-looking, developed a convincing aura to project “I am hard at work. Yes, I’m supposed to be here. No, you shouldn’t interrupt me” for the benefit of passing staff and […]

Resource Room — Women’s History Month: Pt. 2

Happy Sunday Teachers! Here’s a roundup of every resource we shared over the past week.     Women have not always gotten the recognition they deserve, especially in the field of science. Celebrate these female scientists who you may not have but should have heard about for Women’s History Month! Teaching vocab and spelling can be boring […]

Solving for Today

Last week, my mind began to wander during a meeting and, instead of doodling, I wrote out the date on a post-it and started to “do the date”. How does one “do the date,” you ask? Simple: Today is 3/15/2016. Using those numbers, in that order, create a balanced equation using mathematical operations. This habit […]

Resource Room — Leap Day

Happy Sunday Teachers! Here’s a roundup of every resource we shared over the past week. Sometimes scientific calculators can have such small buttons and awful screen contrast that students, especially those with disabilities, may struggle using them, not to mention they can be costly! Here is an online scientific calculator that you can use for free, which […]

”But I Wanted to Teach”

Mr. J was timid. He had a relaxed nature and an obsession with superheroes. With his gentle smile and calming demeanor, it wasn’t surprising most of his students loved him. It didn’t hurt he had Hollywood good looks either. I liked him, but I never truly connected with him until he revealed his story to […]

Another One Bites the Dust

Tom Porton, a high school English teacher in the Bronx with over 40 years of experience quit teaching. Yeah, so what? If you haven’t already read this NYT piece about Porton, you should. Twenty-five years ago AIDS was a serious issue in low socio-economic areas nationwide, and the Bronx was no different. Porton thought the most effective […]

Resource Room — Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Sunday Teachers! Here’s a roundup of every resource we shared over the past week. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some resources from Readworks for all ages. As you look for new and innovative ways to teach about and discuss discrimination, don’t forget Jane Elliott. “A Class Divided” is a timeless approach to […]

The McDonaldization of Pedagogy

Teach Like a Champion is a teacher training book written by Doug Lemov. It contains 49 teaching techniques he claims will transform inexperienced educators into “master teachers.” Since its publication in 2010, teacher prep programs, charter school networks, and public school districts have implemented TLAC into their training protocol. The administrators of these programs tout […]

Resource Room — Winter Solstice

Happy Sunday Teachers! Here’s a roundup of every resource we shared over the past couple of weeks. Looking for more interactive ways to get your students more interested in math? Check out https://mathhombre.blogspot.com/p/online.html Here’s a Winter Solstice resource to share with K-5 students to help mark the new season! Sometimes students have a hard time organizing math problems! […]

Resource Room —Hour of Code

Happy Sunday Teachers! Here’s a roundup of every resource we shared over the past week. Walk your students through ‪#‎hourofcode‬ with Khan Academy’s interactive resources here. Join the movement! Kick off ‪#‎hourofcode‬ with these great lessons from Scratch! Join the movement with fun activities for kids of every age and skill level! Sometimes our students need help typing that perfect word in […]

ESSA Gets “Developing” on My Rubric

The final draft of the “No Child Left Behind” rewrite is heading to Congress for a vote. With another persuasive title, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) takes one step forward from the two steps back taken with “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) and “Race to the Top” (RTTP). I really think we should take […]

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