Beyond the Textbook

I am humbled to be part of a team of educators, many of whom are esteemed peers, converging in a little under a week at Discovery Education headquarters  to discuss the future of the textbook, specifically the digital textbook. As an elementary teacher, I know that my opinions and experiences with textbooks differ from those who…

Big Ideas

As I settle down to sleep after a long day of conversation, reunions and inspiration at Educon, there is a recurring theme: Big Ideas. While sitting at dinner with friends, it was brought up that many teachers attend conferences to get practical information. They want the 5 tips or the handouts that they can then…

Dreams Matter

I’m tired. I’m tired of battling. I’m tired of defending my profession. I’m tired of the arguments and heated discussions about how education should be fixed. I’m tired of feeling like Sisyphus, rolling my boulder up the hill, only to watch it roll back down behind me again. I’m tired of pretending. I’m tired of…

Change from Within vs Change from Without

Until recently I counted myself among those change-minded folks who believed that true change could be enacted (and must be at some level) enacted from within ‘the system.’ Amid the discussions of many homeschoolers and unschoolers, who believe that it is time to throw the whole system out, I have always argued that there has…