The State of Professional Development

Teacher professional development trainings should be a time to share ways to help kids succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. But are they?

An Interview with the Good Patriot

“Hello, I am Katie from the social media channel, “Good Patriot.” My purpose online is to help encourage and educate people in their faith and freedom”

COVID Speech Delay in Kids

” … As adults, this is a relatively short period of our lives; but for young children who have been born in the last few years, this is all they know. These are some of the most crucial years in a child’s overall development.  This leads us to wonder: Has the pandemic impacted the speech and language development of young children?”

The Art of Inclusion in the Classroom

Inclusion classrooms are centered around making sure all students are given the richest educational experience possible, but teachers must be mindful to overcome the unique challenges they can present.

Is College Really for Everyone?

As we discuss students’ futures with them, let’s ask ourselves, is college the main or only option we should be presenting? As parents and educators, we all truly desire to help our students and children succeed. This “success” may not be in the traditional sense. We need to consider and evaluate what is actually best for each child, and that will likely look different for each individual. 

The State of the Unions

When considering teachers’ unions, most people automatically assume a positive connotation.  The very term union suggests togetherness, and what could be better than a group of teachers coming together for the common good of one another and their students?

Getting Back To Normal

Our education system—and our children—are not exempt from that crushing weight. Many school districts have returned to in-person learning, extra-curricular activities and athletics, and mask mandates are being lifted. There is still one haunting repercussion of the pandemic that our schools and our children are facing on a daily basis; but before we dive head first into that, let’s go back to the beginning.

Should We Be Teaching or Facilitating Learning?

While there is no single right way to do an education, it is helpful and important to be familiar with the different models of education so that we can understand the benefits and drawbacks of each. As parents, we want to know how our child is learning and how to best support them. As teachers, we understand the value of questioning and evaluating our own methods and making adjustments when needed in order to best support our students’ learning.

The Factory Model: Does It Work? Did It Ever?

When picturing a modern public school classroom, most people imagine what is now traditional: students sitting silently in rows or groups while a teacher lectures about a topic at the front.   This highly regulated model of schooling, however, wasn’t always the norm.  It became common in the United States in the early nineteenth century, around the same time the Industrial Revolution began.  Its historical timing and impersonal style have led many to refer to it as  “the factory model of education.”