How to Build Castles in the Air

Hilda: My lovely, lovely castle. Our castle in the air! Solness: On a firm foundation. One of the more profound ironies of “going gradeless” is realizing just how fundamental grades are to the architecture of schools. Grades undergird nearly everything we do in education. By threatening late penalties and administering one-shot assessments, we focus our … Continue reading How to Build Castles in the Air

Playgrounds and Personalization w/Mariana Morales Lobo – TG²Cast Episode 7

This episode, I interview Mariana Morales Lobo, who taught high school in Madrid and Barcelona for 15 years, and who now works as a consultant in education, training teachers and helping school leaders implement innovation. She is also a member of Engineers Without Borders and plays an active role in the parents association at her children’s school. One of her main areas of interest is “reinventing playground” spaces, considering the ways these supposedly neutral spaces can be made more equitable. Her writing can be found on the international platform of Práctica Reflexiva.

Motivation Matters

My career in the classroom has inspired some classic teacher nightmares. In my dreams, I show up very late for the first day of school only to discover that my grade level has been switched. I ride the bus to school in my pajamas. (Actually, that was Spirit Week.) I teach a class of forty-three … Continue reading Motivation Matters

Grades and the Future of Schools w/ Benjamin Doxtdator – TG²Cast Episode 5

This episode features an interview with Benjamin Doxtdator, a middle school language arts teacher at an international school in Brussels, Belgium. Benjamin is probably best known for his essays on his blog Longview on Education at longviewoneducation.org. Topics include: How deemphasizing grades reflects Benjamin's commitments as a teacher The potential pitfalls of a more gradeless … Continue reading Grades and the Future of Schools w/ Benjamin Doxtdator – TG²Cast Episode 5

Getting Stuck on Self-Care: Why Community Care is Important for Educators

“Social security and public education are based on an extremely dangerous principle, namely that you care about other people.” Noam Chomsky “The author and intellectual Cornel West has said that ‘justice is what love looks like in public.’ I often think that neoliberalism is what lovelessness looks like as policy.” Naomi Klein Finding ways to save … Continue reading Getting Stuck on Self-Care: Why Community Care is Important for Educators

How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback

As an English teacher, teaching writing and supporting developing writers is paramount. I want to see my students write regularly and hone their skills to communicate meaningful ideas. However, every essay means time for me to read, make comments, and this usually means sacrificing hours of personal time. According to The Washington Post, the average … Continue reading How to Value Personal Time While Providing Great Feedback