This week I also was struck by an article I came across online. While teachers work tirelessly to make our classrooms engaging, sometimes the only thing kids really need: clean clothes. This article is a strong reminder that sometimes things are not always what they seem.
Lastly, I keep thinking about the Texas teacher who has eliminated homework in her classroom. As an elementary school parent -- I say right on! As a middle school teacher, I find myself wondering how this philosophy fits into a middle school setting. Could I really give up homework? Would it be good for kids? What would it do in terms of preparation for high school? Would we get through our curriculum?
So here's to continuing to think outside the box whether its our classroom set up or how we choose to recognize and address students needs.
Happy reading and reflecting,
1. Flexible Seating Student Centered Classroom (by Kayla Delzer, Edutopia, April 22, 2016)
2.Classroom Eye Candy (interview with Rebecca Malmquist, Cult of Pedagogy, November 19, 2015)
3. 16 ways to involve kids in creating their own learning spaces (by Stacy Torino,We Are Teachers, September 18, 2015)
4.Schools find one simple answer to attendance problem: washing machines (by Allison Slater Tate, Today Show, August 1, 2016)
5. A Texas teacher stopped assigning homework and the internet gave her an A+ (by Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post, August 23, 2016)
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