I’ve been looking at old slides from when I spent 7 months in South America, mainly Chile, Peru, and Argentina. I’ve noticed things like how much higher quality slide film images are compared to iPhone pictures and also how much less grey hair I had. I’ve been considering the level of risk I was comfortable […]
In movies and books we can hear the archetype of the zen master giving a student cryptic advice: be one with the (whatever), grasshopper; aim by not aiming; you are trying too hard to achieve the goal. One example of this archetype is present in a book called Zen in the Art of Archery. Written […]
Any teacher that has a shred of respect for ambiguity is likely with me when I say I hate rubrics. For starters, they’re graphically unappealing. Grids crammed unevenly with words that are a waste of time to write because what is described in the glory, peak of expectation column is just slightly more careful or […]
We need all the help we can get these days with our critical thinking. Propaganda is everywhere. Over-thinking has its problems, I know. Analysis paralysis is a thing, I feel it. Like every day. But on all kinds of levels I think that the opposite problem is more common these days with the 24-hour infotainment […]
Knox County Schools, like many across the country, is currently considering what to do with their money. Budgeting. In budgeting, priorities are revealed. What we in Knox County are learning (again) is that for the school board, the education of students of color is not high on the priority list. Equity is not their principal […]
In my Foundations of Education course, we are taking on school shootings as a service learning project. Read more here.
It was hard work, buddy. Same as teaching during grad school: everything is fine until about the middle of October. Then it’s in the weeds, slammed. All the digital communication that makes some things so easy makes grading and assignments and organization chaotic. Carson Newman uses some archaic “learning management system” called Edvance 360 and, […]