• Book Reads

    Book Read: Building a Better Teacher

    I thought I knew the history of American education. After all, I had studied John Dewey in school, and isn’t he the source of all things education? Guess not, according to Building a Better Teacher by Elizabeth Green. Turns out, there was a lot of misguided efforts to create a teacher education program, and a lot of failed initiatives to reform education once there was a teacher education program. It’s an interesting read, as it filled in some knowledge holes for me about math pedagogy, charter schools, and the rise in quality of Japanese education. A few segments that stood out: “Changing the way you taught was a major undertaking. A…

  • Book Reads,  Teaching and Learning

    Beware of the person of one book.

    During lunch today, I was skimming Facebook and came across a post from an awesome teacher friend Autumn with the following intro: ISO: 21 Generous friends who are looking to bless one of my students for the year! I was intrigued. I kept on reading… Each month I receive the Scholastic Book Club fliers to send home for students to share with their families and purchase books if they would like. Many families cannot afford to purchase books to have at home, especially at various times of the year where holidays and new school supplies spread us all thin. Here’s the idea I’d like to try out this year: How…