Just whose achievement gap is it, anyway?

Image: found on the Internet Ray Tracing Competition website Found this, love it. We must reject the ideology of the “achievement gap” that absolves adults of their responsibility and implies student culpability in continued under-performance. The student achievement gap is merely the effect of a much larger and more debilitating chasm: The Educator Achievement Gap.…

mindfulness and finding answers

“If we can help children slow down and think,” Dr. Haick [school principal, Piedmont Avenue Elementary School] said, “they have the answers within themselves.” from:In the Classroom, a New Focus on Quieting the Mind By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN, Published: June 16, 2007, NYTimes mindfulness Powered by ScribeFire.

21 skills for 21st century learning

Barbara, of Dare to Dream, recently posted this – taken from a t-shirt she acquired at NECC this year. (I’d love to get one of them!) 21 Skills for 21st century learning! Can your students…. Make complex choices? Benchmark a process? manage a negotiation? Communicate clearly? Motivate others? Connect globally? Organize information? Cope with change?…

the essence of it all

The Power of Personal RelationshipsBy Thomas S. Mawhinney and Laura L. SaganPhi Delta Kappan, March 2007 The essence, the very essence, of what I believe as an educator is summed up in this understanding: We now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure…

Reflective Practice

The following is a rather lengthy quote, but I feel compelled to include it here. It is so revealing of the influence that teachers have on the students and the cultures of their classrooms. The quote describes a reflective period in a mini-action research cycle of one teacher – go to the article to see…