Common Core Fears: Short Atlantic Reflections

From the article Suburbia and Its Common Core Conspiracy Theories: Many parents view the Common Core and the accompanying tests as a threat to their ability to keep their kids safe in a hostile world. Suburban parents, who are known for being particularly involved in their kids’ education and traditionally enjoy a good deal of influence […]

Homework: A Father’s Thoughts

“Your child will have 40 minutes of homework each night. Plus 20 to 30 minutes of reading.” Random Unexplained Teacher Rule Grade Level X 10 = Daily minutes of homework to assign students. One of the many hats I wear is that of father to three beautiful, challenging, and particular Colombian children. As they age, […]

Hold on, laptops may NOT be bad for learning

Around a month ago, a corner of my Twitterverse erupted with a study that indicated that laptops in the classroom discourage learning. Titled “The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard“, one could easily conclude it best to have students close their screens and pick up a pencil if you wanted more retention in your sit and […]

Teacher Feedback VS Machine Feedback

Do students prefer to learn from a machine? A bit of a professional disclaimer to this week’s geek study. I do not believe that technology is ever an effective substitute for good teaching (and this is a belief rooted in quite a few empirical studies as well). Technology is a tool. My interest is how tools […]

Comparing Teachers to Doctors

Not that we’re trying to do the apples to apples thing here. But I do wish society would give a bit more credit to the cognitive and physical complexities of the profession. Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors: — Vox (@voxdotcom) August 9, 2014