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When was the last time you asked your students, “What makes you really mad?” It’s a question that many teachers in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) ask their students. Classroom management is hard enough; why would any teacher want to give their students a reason to get angry? Anger is a powerful emotion that activates […]
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We walk through our classroom doors and want to relate to our students. We want to understand their challenges, thought processes, motivations, and fears. But how do we develop empathy for our students who may struggle with challenges we never experienced? How can we understand their reactions, fears, and priorities if their childhood or adolescence […]
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The shiny new bicycle was forcefully shoved to the ground in disgust as Parker shouted, “I cannot do it; I’ll never be able to ride my bike.” To the parents out there, I venture to guess this triggers “fond” memories of youthful days gone by, but to me, not having kids, this experience with my […]
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Popular culture often presents school assessment in the narrowest possible fashion. Based on what we see in films and television, it would seem that assessment in schools is restricted to a narrow range of tests: How often do we watch students in fictional classes being told they have a pop quiz tomorrow or see them practicing fill-in-the-bubble […]
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Sponsored content provided by Concordia University-Portland Take a second to absorb these unsettling statistics. Children ages five to 17 miss nearly two million school days annually due to dental problems. More than 25 percent of American youth experience a serious traumatic event — abuse, terrorism, divorce, for example — by their 16th birthday. In America, […]
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“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up it’s…”  Olympics time! ~ Sanka Coffie, Cool Runnings The Olympics are full of amazing athletes, but what keeps people watching night after night are the stories. For two weeks every four years, households around the world tune in to watch. We cheer on Apolo Ohno, Lindsey […]
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When we think of assessment, we often think about tests. But good assessment is much more than tests — it’s a chance to discover what our students understand so that we can help them learn and grow. Just like with everything else, assessment looks a little different for young students. Our squirrelliest little ones are not […]
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Early last fall, I had the opportunity to sit with a team of sixth grade teachers at a middle school serving a large number of low-income Latino and African American students. Many of those students were at least two grade levels behind in reading. Their low literacy levels were wreaking havoc on their ability to […]
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As a new teacher, the demands of the career can be overwhelming at times. During my first year of teaching, I felt alone and I was unsure about whether I was doing a good job. So I turned to the internet, and I was both surprised and delighted to find that there was a bustling […]
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Forward by Teaching Channel’s Vice President of Engagement, Paul Teske This summer, I was humbled and energized by the diversity, compassion, and wisdom of the educators that we convened as part of the Fab Five ELL Squad and California District EL Network. The goal in our gathering was to deepen our understanding of how best […]
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