In these uncertain times, many things that we have always taken for granted have been challenged. How our children have been educated traditionally has been radically altered, so many parents are looking for alternatives beyond the traditional.
Nothing can replace the feeling of heavy sleep in my eyes as I throw on a Syracuse sweatshirt, run to catch the bus that will shuttle me to main campus, and quickly chug my mediocre coffee that always inevitably splashes on my jeans. I would sit down in my seat for my 9:30 a.m. lecture, and I would think “this day has started off as absolute chaos.”
Classroom libraries are becoming more popular in schools across the nation. No longer do students have to go to a school library to get books of their choice. Instead, students can conveniently grab a book right from their classroom library. With the horror of skimming through the shelves of a large library, and going through the lengthy checkout process, Students are able to choose books from a wide range of genres and topics.
Before I was a professional writer, like many other writers, I was a writing student. An English major to be more precise. And that required the writing of approximately six thousand papers.
The life of a substitute teacher is an interesting one. On any given day, you may be required to walk into a completely foreign school, and command respect the moment you walk through the front gates. This can often be belied by the fact that you have a fruit cup packed in your bag for recess, and often have difficulty finding the front office.
Recently I was working with a group of young students who were, as students do, resisting doing the task that I, the educator, wanted them to. I began to enter into the familiar dance that anyone who has ever worked with children likely knows well: Kids moving around the room, talking to friends, asking unrelated questions, raising their hand and telling long-winded, boring stories about their friend Carley’s pet hamster who pooped on the floor. Everybody laughs but you—because let's face it kid, your story sucks and I see what you’re trying to do here.
I always loved science. My brain is wired analytically, and I always did well enough at anything quantitative. I also crave new knowledge, and I’ve always been too ambitious for my own good.
America is dealing with one of the worst education crises in history. As of right now, our country's ability to compete with others on an international level is in freefall.
According to the Population Referral Bureau, there are over 40 million senior citizens living in the United States today. A senior citizen is anyone who is aged 65 or older. This term is simply a way of segmenting a group of people for demographic purposes.