Standardized testing has been a topic of much debate in American education. President George W. Bush passed a controversial law during his administration that made testing more prominent than ever. However, before leaving office, President Obama passed the ESSA Regulations that may make testing procedures a little less strict for students in the United States. … Continue reading ESSA, Historical Antecedents & the Future of Education
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo This picture book resolves around Elliot who is a very sophisticated young man. One day when he visits the zoo with his father, Elliot sees an exhibit of penguins. The arctic birds remind Elliot of himself with their black, suit-like pelts and laid back demeanor. Elliot decides to take … Continue reading 5 Picture Books To Use In Your Elementary Classroom
When I was a student, I groaned whenever the phrase "community service" was mentioned. I found it to be bothersome and didn't understand the purpose of doing it. However, as an adult, I now see how important community service is for our communities. On top of this, it is extremely beneficial for our students. In the … Continue reading Service Learning- How Can Your Students Make a Positive Contribution?
I recently began writing for Spoken English Practice, a company that provides English language learners with native English speakers. Through online lessons, the native speakers tutor the students and help them practice their speaking skills. In my first post, I discuss 6 grammar skills that can help English language learners with their spoken English. It … Continue reading 6 Advanced Grammar Rules To Improve Your English Speaking
A safe space is a place where students involved in the LGBTQ community can go to teachers or other staff members for support. It is called a "safe" space because it means that students can talk to someone without judgement. These spaces are usually shown via a sticker or a logo on a staff member's … Continue reading (Mis)understanding Safe Spaces For LGBTQ Students
Over the past several years, the United States' PISA and standardized test scores have been falling behind the scores of other countries. However, one of the countries that has unexpectedly seen an increase in scores is Finland. What is their secret? The reason why Finland's education has improved so greatly is because they have changed their … Continue reading Education’s Role In Nurturing Children In Finland
Introduction Temba Dawn by Alec Lea is a coming of age story about a farmer boy who is given a cow calf on his birthday. He takes care of the calf, which he names Temba Dawn, and through raising Temba, he learns to be responsible and has all kinds of wonderful experiences. However, just as … Continue reading Temba Dawn- A Cautionary Note For Teachers and Parents About This Children’s Novel