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A few thoughts on Ferguson

The recent string of deaths of unarmed Black folks has made me numb. The murder of Black folks by The State is once again the norm. That sickens and saddens me. I believe that education is the great equalizer, which is why I teach. However I now

Revisiting pay for performance

I wrote an essay about whether or not incentive pay was an incentive for teachers to cheat three years ago. This morning, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran an article about new efforts to tie bonuses and teacher compensation to student performance. I don’t have much to say

Jovan in the classroom and Dewey on Freedom

I read chapter 5 of Dewey’s Experience and Education during lunch duty today. This was shortly after I completed a model lesson in one of my 3rd grade teachers’ classrooms.I taught the students to divide. I hope to have modeled the value of freedom in the classroom

When 9 year old boys attack 9 year old girls

Earlier today at work I was called to a teacher’s classroom to help remove a student who fought another. When I arrived, I found out that the instigator, a young man, was punching one of his peers in the back of the head while seated, arms over

My experience with Teach For America’s Summer Academy

I’m working as Instructional Coach for an elementary school in Atlanta this summer and our school site is hosting a summer institute for Teach for America (TFA) corp members. The corp members themselves are all very nice people who seem to be passionate about becoming classroom teachers.

Ed Leadership, Doing The Right Work, & a WTF moment.

On this week’s episode I have a long and candid conversation with my colleague and fellow math coach, Paula Webb. In this episode we discuss how and why she became an educator, the crisis of leadership in inner city education, the quality, or lack thereof of teachers

My Thoughts on Dewey and Social Control

While chapter 3 of Dewey’s Experience and Education excited me, chapter 4 left me feeling slightly empty and immediately distant from Dewey’s ideas. He begins by explaining that now that he has adequately defined his criteria for educative experience, he can finally begin to move on to

Criteria of Experience for Progressive Educators

So far, the third chapter of Dewey’s Experience and Education has been my favorite. In it, Dewey give us his criteria for educative experiences as well as describe those experiences, and situations, that are non-educative. Dewey the philosopher takes a rather circuitous route toward describing his criteria

Where are the Black educators on Twitter?

A few weeks ago Last Thursday I went on a bit of a “Twitter rant” about the challenges that I face as an inner city mathematics educator. I shared how much I love my content but how the challenges that my students face outside of school sometimes

Should you be teaching in the hood ?

My school district just completed the annual testing cycle for middle and elementary school students. Normally I work much more closely with teachers than students, buy every year I get the opportunity to administer tests to small groups of special education students. This year my testing group