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Heteronormativity in Schools

Educators everywhere are dedicated to ensuring that each student feels safe, healthy, and welcomed in classrooms and schools. Increased awareness over the last decade has transformed how many schools and districts address bullying and harassment, in both digital and brick-and-mortar domains. Less understood or examined however, is how districts, schools, and educators work to cultivate schools as safe places for students (and adults) who do not conform to our “heteronormative” bias….read more

How to Cultivate a Bully-Free Community

Fifth grader Malcolm Lyon is especially tall and well spoken for his age. When asked what he loved most about his school, Malcolm answered simply, “No bullying.” This might be surprising given the struggle with bullying that schools face nationwide….read more

Creating Classrooms for Social Justice

A lot has been discussed and written about being an “educator for social justice.” What does that really mean? In this post, I will break down a few basic classroom practices that allow teachers to engage with best practices in teaching core subjects while also being advocates for social justice in the classroom….read more

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

Scrambling in the moment to figure out what students need when they just don’t get it is one of the exciting challenges of teaching. Being able to respond to learners’ needs on the spot is hands down one of the greatest tricks of this trade….read more

Ten Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them. Differentiated instruction is difficult and time-consuming work, however, and class sizes are increasing all the time, making individualized learning harder to achieve….read more

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology

We’ve all heard about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Some teachers out there may have heard of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers. Here are our 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers who use Technology….read more

Eleven Classic Hip-Hop Songs You Can Teach With

Engaging students isn’t easy. There is a place for inherently interesting media that emphasizes critical academic content, and ignoring content like YouTube, social media, video games or other polarizing content may be worth reconsidering. Hip-hop, like social media, video games, smartphones, and other (metaphorical) “banned books” of education, has extraordinary potential to reach all students. The same is true of music in general, but hip-hop makes a point to be staggering and prone to themes of antagonism, influence, and social justice. It’s also full of hyperbole and other literary devices, historical movements, along with the energy, charisma, and word play that interest students….read more