The resilience of teacher culture

Image: Crystal by louisa-catlover made available on flickr by a creative commons license. I found this little video (link at bottom of post) through Dr. Scott McLeod’s blog dangerously irrelevant It is a speech given by Dr. Richard Elmore and it is a sobering description of a present reality in today’s schools that cries out…

a special place closes

Private Weston School closes after 90 years RYAN BERGEN, The Gazette Published: Friday, June 22, 2007 I worked at Weston for 5 years – almost 4 as their high school resource coordinator and teacher, and about 1.5 as a substitute teacher when I was back in school myself. It was a special place where everyone strived…

To middle school or not to middle school?

“…some middle school experts argue that school reconfiguration is a costly distraction from what adolescents really need: smaller classes, an engaging curriculum, personalized attention and well-prepared teachers.” I agree! Instead of looking at complicated school reconfigurations, I would take a much more grass-roots approach. No matter where they are, children in middle-school need classes tailored…