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Category: Big Questions

Cake in the rain.

  We all know this isn’t about cake. I’m trying to sort this out for my own sake, and then for my students’. Cornell Law Review Link. Amendment I Congress […]

It matters.

Since last summer I’ve participated in the WABS/STEM Fellowship program (Washington Alliance for Better Schools). On May 22 the cohorts presented their Problem-based learning units, and we enjoyed delicious food […]


Back in April 2015, Love, Teach wrote a blog post that has been widely circulated, What I Wish I Could Tell Them About Teaching in a Title I School, and it […]

Such Bountiful Assessments

Just in time, during our ELL Endorsement class yesterday, we reviewed various assessment protocols and terms. They weren’t unfamiliar, but a timely reminder. Funny, that. Two, at the top: Reliable. […]


Reason #101 to “Teach Like a Pirate”- Because when you make this the culture of your classroom, and on a whim tell the students “We’re going to have a Tacky […]

Cereal and roses.

It’s been a long time since I posted a “Wish I Had Written That” post, but this one came along at a perfect moment. This week is our spring break, […]

Making things.

  As a follow-up to yesterday’s post regarding how to get students to move forward without scaffolds, I received many good ideas from the High School ELA group page* on […]

We have a voice.

Yesterday–what an amazing day. Weeks ago, students began seeking trusted teachers in the building, wondering if and how we would support them in the National School Walk Out Day. We […]


This is not my story to tell, so I hope my friend Sharon forgives me. Something she just went through inspired this tale. And Betsy Devos. Add my own experiences, […]

First they came for…

I credit my dear friend Sharon Clarke for reminding me of this lesson we learned at a PSWP Social Studies course  Here is the lesson in brief detail: Have students […]

Counting blessings.

This is not about religion, spirituality, or adherence to any doctrine or prescription. This is about neuroscience. Specifically, my cortisol levels. For weeks now, due to personal and professional life […]

Heroic measures: repair

Months ago I ordered a ceramic unicorn — “thing.” It’s a decorative object, and I don’t remember why I liked it. I’m not normally a unicorn person. Perhaps in that […]

Heroic measures: let's do something (anything)

17 books we loved in ‘17 📚❤️ — Project LIT Community (@ProjectLITComm) January 1, 2018 Happy New Year’s Day! Last night we went to see the new Star […]

Heroic measures: teach critical thinking

My big question this morning: how do we teach, and learn, to think critically? Not the surface-level fluff–but the hard questions, the wrestling with the trifecta of intellectual stagnation: cognitive dissonance, […]

Build and Grow

Can the skills for the future be taught?  Skills–strategies –the future will depend on our ability to solve problems–and that ability relies heavily on strategies– Actually, legitimately taught and learned? […]

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