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Chapter Three: Let’s Fix This

Awareness of and solutions to the teacher shortage crisis are prolific in opinion pieces lately. The number of teachers ready to walk away from the profession are staggering and indicate an untenable future for public education. The solutions pitched hit a wide range of ideas – from self-care to administration reducing workload – but don’t …

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Three Ways to Reduce Gun Violence at Schools

Three Ways to Reduce Gun Violence at Schools  My previous post (Coming Soon to a School Near You?) recounted firsthand experiences with gun violence in DeKalb County, Georgia and Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as statistics showing that the rate of school shootings continues to rise. This piece examines three ways school districts can deal …

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Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Map reprinted from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security K-12 School Shooting Database at https://www.chds.us/ssdb/data-map Coming Soon to a School Near You?   On the popular Cult of Pedagogy website, Jennifer Gonzales recently wrote that “this is the worst school year ever.” Based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read over the past three months, …

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Stand With the Three Hs: Hope, Humanity, Humility

I will never begin to know anyone’s total lived experiences. I only know my lived experiences and perspectives because I have to consciously reflect on my own lived experiences and perspectives. This mode of constant reflection encourages me to understand how I can maximize my gifts and talents within my sphere of influence. Life has …

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Everything Is a Lesson! Part One

Learning is essential to improvements in our daily lives, especially when someone says or does something that you feel is a concern. Instead of blaming the individuals, conditions, or other factors. You should acknowledge your emotions and feelings, and realize you have a choice in how you respond. Your response should be in direct connection …

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Parents Will Get to Decide What Their Children Are Taught

Earlier this month, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, “I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all.” Like many other deep thinkers in education, Pompeo is qualified to address complex issues in the field because he attended public school.  To his credit, Pompeo graduated first in his …

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Chapter Two: Ramblings from an Overwhelmed, Frustrated, but Grateful New Teacher

Phase I: Excitement and Nervousness   “FFTs (effing first times): How hard it is to be new at things – from small things to global pandemics. When we have no relevant experience or expertise, the vulnerability, uncertainty, and fear of these firsts can be overwhelming. Yet, showing up and pushing ourselves past the awkward, learner …

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Data Literacy MUST Be Taught in Public Schools 

“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” This statement, often misattributed to H. G. Wells (1866-1946), is a paraphrased version of the sci-fi author’s much longer passage by American mathematician Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964). Wells’s original quote is shown at the bottom of this post.   If you saw the …

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