To Spark Student Interest, Lean into Student Curiosity and Real-World Experiences

Growing up I didn’t often consider if what I was learning would be useful or applicable to me in life outside of school. In fact, I didn’t think a lot about what I would do after I completed...

Laying the Groundwork for Complex Conversations

Deciding to talk about social inequality with our students is one thing, but knowing how to prepare for and start those conversations is an entirely different, and more complicated, undertaking....

Just Let Them Read!

I was sitting with my colleague, a fellow reading specialist, in our empty classroom one summer. We were donating time to planning, as many teachers do, and wanted to think through what our...

Breaking the Rules to Explore Games in Learning

I’m a rule follower. I always have been. When I was a kid, I would get so nervous I would sweat when I thought someone wasn’t following the rules, and I would be lying if I said I don’t get a bit...

To Help Our Students Understand Inequality, Show Them How to ‘Zoom Out’

To help our students understand the causes and consequences of social inequality, we need to help them learn how to think sociologically.  What is a Sociological Perspective? I am a sociologist....

Literacy in the Making

There are many obvious connections between STEM and making, but as Dr. John Spencer writes in one of his blog posts, “Too often, we associate makerspaces with STEM classes. People think about...

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