Life’s Lessons in a Halloween FAIL

It was October 31, 1997.  My first classroom Halloween party.  As a fourth grade teacher.  It was perhaps my biggest classroom disaster… strike that; it was an epic FAIL. As the hip, new teacher, I envisioned the best classroom Halloween party those kids had ever seen.  I had been making my list for several weeks before finally…

Is Education Killing Curiosity?

With all the rhetoric about what’s wrong with education today and how to fix it, there is no shortage of opinions and perspectives about raising the test scores that demonstrate student achievement. Our students will need to compete globally in the sciences and engineering fields, so STEM-based instruction and Next Generation Science Standards are taking…

11 Things to Remember to Keep Your Passion for Teaching in Focus

The floors are polished, the desks are clean, the pencils are sharpened, and the “Welcome Back!” banner is hung.  As summer comes to a close, educators across the country have been working hard to get everything ready. It seems like just yesterday that you were limping to the finish line – buried in paperwork, out…

Unleash Your Inner Kindergartner for a More Creative You

Ask 25 kindergartners how many of them are artists and you’ll likely see 25 hands in the air.  While most kids in the single-digit age range will easily identify themselves as creative, that number drops to 50% by the 5th grade and plummets by adulthood.  And yet, Fortune 500 leaders cite creativity and innovation as…