Social-Emotional Compassion: can there be too much with COVID-19?

I’ve been checking on my high school students by phoning and emailing them and their parents.  Only about 3% have reported significant struggles due to COVID-19 and even those are starting to find the strength to carry on as they get emails and phone calls from school, encouraging them to do what they can and … More Social-Emotional Compassion: can there be too much with COVID-19?

Inequalities Genius

Last week I brought a favorite team activity online, and my students seemed to enjoy it even more in Zoom breakout rooms with their classroom teams than they normally do in the real classroom.  Maybe it’s the challenge of tech work-rounds, figuring out how to share their screens, or just being bored at home, but … More Inequalities Genius

IEP for Everybody?

It is completely understandable for a teacher to wince when they think about how many students these days have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).   There seems to be more and more IEPs every year.  While it is great that students receive the special care they need, I have some concerns that at some point, IEPs could … More IEP for Everybody?

Why I Assign Homework: Dear Students, I love you…

“If I could change anything about our class…”  About half the responses to that question, mentioned homework.  My students are expected to complete an average of about 40 minutes of algebra homework pretty much every night.  In a decade where the anti-homework voices seem to be gaining momentum, it can be difficult for my students to … More Why I Assign Homework: Dear Students, I love you…