The first school bells are ringing in school districts across the country and teachers are welcoming students back to class. With Back to School in full swing, we offer up one of our favorite posts for new teachers. We know that this can be an exciting, energizing and sometimes overwhelming season for everyone -- especially people who are new to our profession. Our post New Teacher? Start Here. can help new teachers along in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Living in Northern Virginia, the recent events in Charlottesville hit very close to home. Teachers across the country have taken to the internet to voice support and to provide resources for fellow educators (using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriculum). We believe that our classrooms are places to teach kids content, but first and foremost we need to teach them to be caring, kind, responsible human beings who approach the world's problems with hearts full of hope and love. In that spirit, we've highlighted several resources as this week's Take5. We hope that these resources will help you and your students to begin addressing racial hatred and violence in America. These are tough, painful topics, but we know that teachers are up to the task. It's our job. It's our passion. It's our opportunity to build a better future for our students and as important, our country.
As I watch the headlines unfold day after day, and hear conversations among friends (both Democrats and Republicans alike) that our nation is more divided than ever, I can't help but feeling that educators (or maybe education policy gurus) are missing something - something vital to our democracy. The talk of late is about STEM and STEAM, about how we need to teach children to code, to experiment, to engineer and calculate. And we do, 100 percent. But by emphasizing some subjects over others, we are acting as though the humanities (subjects like history, civics, philosophy, geography and literacy) somehow don't matter as much as math and science.
What are summers for if not cruising the neighborhood on a bike? Circuits on local streets, hitting the nearby convenience store up for slushies, biking to the pool. My 12 year old is in the midst of this world, riding around with his younger brother or a friend. One of his best friends prefers adventures with a purpose and because we don't have a bottomless slushie fund, we came up with the idea of a bicycle scavenger hunt.
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