I remind myself that as a teacher, I need to give myself permission to be a human. To make mistakes. To feel pain. To be a real live person with ISSUES and STRUGGLES and HEARTACHES and SORROW. We as teachers don't completely check our lives at the door when we come to school.
The eco world is all abuzz over aquaponics as the latest go-to green technology. It is an effective method for raising seedlings and fish farming in closed-loop systems. With this knowledge, Schools for Sustainability trekked across an island to find this still-rare system in action in a country that has been using aquaponics since pre-Columbian times!
We've all got that one person we had a crush on when we were at school. That one person who stays indelibly printed on our mind and makes us feel weird every time we think about them for the rest of our lives. The person that will forever be fifteen years old to us, even though they must have grown up too.
My second grader brought a test home from school, some sort of comprehension test, reading and vocabulary. I noticed she got a couple of questions wrong, so I wanted to look them over to see what exactly she was not comprehending, not understanding. What follows is the actual conversation I had with my 8-year-old regarding a question she got "wrong."
When students are looking for their best fit in a university, there are dozens of metrics to consider, such as specific academic programs, sports teams, location. But it's good to have an overall picture of the best schools too--the whole experience
We do, however, have the power to determine how we respond to what befalls us. Each rupture in our life is fraught with opportunity for growth. Transformation involves a shift in our attitude or perspective that allows for the experience of new possibilities. Each transition provides a chance to come back to a truer version of who we are.
Planning for success is all about perspective: it is a kids' Christmas concert, not a Broadway show. I need to take my own advice: most of all, relax and enjoy -- your kid is awesome just the way they are.
While we can't grasp the motivations of all these murderous mad men, we can deduce from their actions. These heinous criminals fear the pen more than the sword. Education, from basic literacy to professional training, gives young people a real chance to live a better life than their parents.
Despite growing up in notoriously crime-ridden countries in Africa, I always felt safe at school. With time, it didn't make much difference that the school bus I rode to school in Johannesburg was bulletproof. I grew used to the barbed wire that surrounded the boundaries of my school in Tanzania.
Regardless, Simon & Garfunkel's The Complete Albums Collection is an absolute essential. Each of these albums -- even the folk-drenched Wednesday Morning, 3am -- paint a picture of their era and suggest what we've lost spiritually and intellectually since then.
When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.
When I was in graduate school we were taught that individuals are either born with the magical quality of resiliency or not. These days we have learned that resiliency or the ability to bounce back from difficult situations and even how to handle tricky situations can be taught. Here's how...
In light of these facts, in light of my own rape and the rapes of too many of my friends at the hands of their peers, I do wonder: Whose credibility is really to be doubted here? Jackie's, or the public peanut gallery that has diluted sexual assault down to a number and a date?
Opening up to a new, curious mindset is not an easy thing. For most of us, true change takes time and commitment. It is far easier doing the same things that we already know, that we've always done.
Engagement is one of the most powerful determinants of success for people of any age. It has been an ingredient that has helped the academically weaker students in strong high schools graduate on time; yet its absence allowed the stronger students to fall behind.
Hard to believe, but at one point in my life I was actually eager for my kids to participate in the Science Fair. So help me, it's true. I loved being in the Chicago Public School Science Fair when I was a kid.