Archive for September 2011

Holding a Callused Hand

A couple of weeks ago, I took my son and my parents to a farm about 90 miles away to pick tomatoes.  My 6-year-old son enjoyed wrapping his fingers around the ripe fruit and twisting it off the stem, as if he had super powers.  My father stood by mostly and watched us work.  He’ll be... Read more »

So . . . How'd It Go with Lewis and Brizard?

So . . . How'd It Go with Lewis and Brizard?
On Tuesday, I got the chance to ask Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president, and Jean-Claude Brizard, Chicago Public Schools CEO, a couple of questions at the Tribune‘s Chicago Forward: Education forum. I got some boos. I got some applause. I sat in the first row with other TribNation essay winners: two students, two parents, one other teacher.... Read more »

My Education Blog Post Wins Tribune Essay Contest

For the Sept. 13 public affairs forum with Chicago schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard and teachers union leader Karen Lewis, the Chicago Tribune asked readers to write an essay on what makes public education succeed or fail. A version of my post “Cameron Diaz and Other Reasons People Hate Chicago Teachers” won.  Click on the title above to read the essay. Other winners... Read more »
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This School Year, Don't Teach Like a Champion

This School Year, Don't Teach Like a Champion
Our expectations increase each school year.  This week, CPS students and teachers on the regular school calendar return to the classroom.  For all teachers, arguably, the question is, “How will I manage this year’s classes?” For each teacher, the concerns are different.  At the high-school level, my priorities are instilling respect, increasing engagement, and fostering... Read more »