Archive for November 2015

Chicago Public Schools students judge Mayor Emanuel’s Laquan McDonald speech

I saw the Chicago Public Schools suggested lesson for the Laquan McDonald situation.  But I didn’t see much academic merit to it.  If we’re going to take on controversial issues in the classroom, we need to still ensure the learning experience builds students’ academic skills.  Despite the fact that as teachers we’re immediately criticized for... Read more »

What my 10-year-old son will learn about justice from Laquan McDonald's murder

I thought I wouldn’t watch the Laquan McDonald video.  But I had to.  At my kitchen counter, I asked my 10-year-old son to get me my headphones.  I plugged them into my computer to silence the violence I knew I would witness inside of my own home.  I turned the screen so he would not... Read more »

How a Chicago Public Schools teacher WILL find a work and life balance

After the first quarter of this school year—which felt ridiculously more challenging than any other—I decided I’m done.  I’m done bringing work home.  My teaching day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends, in accordance with our union contract, at 3:11 p.m.  I decided to stay every day until 5:00 p.m., finish what I need to,... Read more »

Good reasons teachers stay in a challenging, unhappy profession

In 2003, I left my teaching position in the Chicago Public Schools.  After eight good but demanding years.  I was done.  Around that time, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 270,000 teachers did the same.  Over the last decade, about the same number of teachers left the profession each year NCES conducted its... Read more »