Here’s my latest at The Collaborateurs, where I discuss my reason for joining #HerePastJune, a United For Public Schools project:
… we actually need to reconsider how we look at time in school. According to many reports (including some that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan quotes), the United States already has the highest teacher-to-student time in minutes in the entire world. Where high-performing countries beat us (I won’t use that one country, but yes …) is in the way they use time. Give professional educators the time and resources to a) be themselves and b) work on the actual school year makes a lot of sense. During the school year, we make adjustments and gain new information, but the summer is really where good plans come together.
For more, read here. Also, share and share alike, and participate in the #HerePastJune hashtag on Twitter and Facebook, especially if you’re a teacher (or educator, really).
George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali
One of my year-end reflection is now live at The Collaborateurs:
This year, I needed this when I went for a whirlwind of a trip this year, shifting roles and attitudes in ways that had me floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Perhaps even a little rope-a-dope as I sustained a few blows. As successful as I’ve been outside of school, the frustrations inside school built up.
The only sustain I had all year was the knowledge that, yes, we as teachers needed to do a good job in the classroom and in the school.
Let me know what you think. Read. Share. Thanks!
Jose, who feels like Muhammad Ali after Foreman …