The Reward of Teaching

It has been a little over a month since I started my student teaching, and I feel that I have learned a lot in such a short time. I have become more aware of my shortcomings, but have also worked on honing in my strengths. But what has been the greatest development has been creating … Continue reading The Reward of Teaching

A Reflection on Shortcomings

Earlier this week, I had my first observations as a student teacher, and while there is a lot I still need to improve, there is also a lot that I learned from the experience, thanks to the feedback of my university professors. A couple posts ago, I talked about how important it was for teacher's … Continue reading A Reflection on Shortcomings

Inquiry-Based Learning and its Effectiveness

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try something I had never done before: podcasting. It was a fascinating experience; setting up my microphone, creating a script, and putting myself in the shoes of the host and speaking my mind. This experience all came about because of inquiry-based learning, which is a manner of learning … Continue reading Inquiry-Based Learning and its Effectiveness

Check Yourself, Assess Yourself

How often have you noticed that, after learning something new, you start to see that recent lesson manifested in reality? That has been the case for me recently, as I have been learning in my Master's courses about educational assessment, and how various forms of evaluation can be applied in a classroom context. One of … Continue reading Check Yourself, Assess Yourself

Generation (Histor)Y

Generation Y, or "Millennials". With the expansion of our society into the digital age, significant advancements have been made which work to establish a culture of greatest convenience. No longer do we have to wait days or even weeks to receive a letter in the mail, when we can just send an email in a … Continue reading Generation (Histor)Y

A Faith For the Faithless

When it comes to American public schools, religion is a subject that is particularly touchy. Inspired by the principles that built this nation, there is a general conviction among the population that Church must remain separate from the state, and in this sense, government funded schools are an extension of state. Teachers can often feel … Continue reading A Faith For the Faithless

History: A Pedagogy of Vulnerability

Within our current political landscape, it can be difficult to navigate thoughtful discussion of historical subject matter. Bringing up topics like the Civil Rights Movement or the Israel-Palestine conflicts can lead to aggressive, closed-minded battles of dogmatic opinions, where it becomes a contest of who can argue the loudest, and ultimately, nothing is achieved. What … Continue reading History: A Pedagogy of Vulnerability

The Power of the Teacher’s Passion

While the purpose of starting this blog was to explore my thoughts and opinions on education, it felt appropriate to begin by telling of the catalyst that set my course for a career in education. I was 16, and I didn't have much of a set path in life. My one major interest was music, … Continue reading The Power of the Teacher’s Passion