Honoring Diversity

Many years ago, when I was teaching at a small liberal arts college, and suggested introducing a…


Student Voice

I can't stress enough how important it is to encourage student voice. When students are allowed…


Classroom 101: Relevance

I’ve said this many times in many ways but I believe it bears repeating. The inescapable truth is…


Classroom 101: Respect

How is it that we expect to command respect from a group of strangers who have never met us, know…


Classroom 101: Being Human

Yesterday as I was wrapping up a class on content literacy writing strategies, one of my credential…


Writing From the Heart

My latest paper in Ed LeadershipText Version Writing from the Heart   Challenged by a…


Secret Hook: Reeling Students

Dwayne. He was my most memorable student in the South Bronx high school where I taught freshman and…


Student Engagement: Why Are We Learning This?

I've had some questions both here on the blog and in my classroom about the challenge of getting…


Students, Teachers, and Know-it-Alls

I came home furious the other day after class. It infuriates me when student teachers, who have…