Video Games: Educational Tool or Agression-Maker?

I’ve never been a gamer. I’ve never understood the appeal of spending multiple hours interacting with a static screen; I’d   rather read a good book that truly has the power to transport me to another time and space while challenging my conceptual understanding or sense of self. Moreover, I’ve always considered the negative aspects […]

An Eye for an Eye

The teaching of virtues and moral character is rift with potential points of friction, especially in a multicultural setting; can we say with utter confidence that there are universal mores that guide all human behavior? Tom Lickona (2003) would argue that virtue or good character is an aspect of the human condition that has been […]

The Role of Phonemes in Dyslexia

In our human development class, we were asked to choose a chapter to read and present to the rest of the class; partners could sign-up for one of five options. I chose chapter 16 Why Some Smart People Can’t Read because I am primarily a middle school language arts/social studies teacher; since I hadn’t read […]

Beating the Drum

It’s easy to lament the multiple barriers to achievement that are present for many students; low socioeconomic backgrounds, single-parent households, poverty and other issues create a conundrum of obstacles that serve to obstruct the learning process. However, framing the issues of underachievement as an unfortunate and unavoidable by-product of poverty presents a simplistic and somewhat […]

Instructional Strategy Implementation #2: Cooperative Learning (Jigsaw)

Cooperative Learning- Jigsaw Despite being one of the most theoretically grounded (Dean, Hubbell, Pitler & Stone, 2012) and widely used (Dell’Olio & Donk, 2007) instructional strategies, cooperative learning is susceptible to misuse and overuse, potentially undermining the potential benefits of this highly effective instructional strategy. According to Dean et al., (2012) there seems to be […]

From Pedagogic Creed to Practice: Putting Words into Motion in the Classroom

“I believe that every teacher should realize the dignity of his calling; that he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth” (John Dewey , 1897). Education is indeed, as Dewey notes, a profession of service. Educators are both entrusted and charged […]

The Best Laid Schemes

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren’t alone] In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promised joy. To a Mouse~ Robert Burn, 1786   Like most experiences in life, what I imagine […]