How Is A Nativity Scene Still Something Seen In Public Schools? — Education Happenings

With the religious tone surrounding many holidays, the classroom, or school site, shouldn’t be a place for celebration. People from all walks of life, with varying degrees of beliefs, funnel into a classroom they’re assigned. Surely, if parents could pair their student with a teacher sharing an identical ideology, they would; however, the public school […]

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Education Happenings Podcast: Episode 1 — Education Happenings

The first episode of the Education Happenings Podcast is in the books. The show’s host, Dave Madden, introduces listeners on Podbean, the podcast’s audio version, and viewers of the YouTube channel as to what can be expected from the blog and show moving forward. Subscribe to the Education Happenings YouTube channel after watching Episode 1: […]

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Are “Smart Schools” Really Smart? — Education Happenings

The television just became the teacher for some students in Pennsylvania. According to Herald-Standard, Frazier Elementary School in Perryopolis was selected to join WQED’s “Smart Schools” initiative, which couples PBS content with a S.T.E.M-centered curriculum. With any sort of new endeavor in education, buzz words swarm around the topic like a hive of bees. Professional […]

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Take the Brakes Off Your Angst of Writer’s Workshop With The Unstoppable Writing Teacher by Colleen Cruz — Education Happenings

Returning to your ten-month residency—your classroom, why not kick-off the fall with the familiar energy of a freshly minted school year and build upon it, pushing through resistance and further pressing the accelerator (instead of releasing it). In The Unstoppable Writing Teacher (2015), Colleen Cruz, author, educator, and literacy consultant, penned a book that acts as a […]

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I’m Wild About Feeling In Control of Writer’s Workshop After Reading A Door Opens by Jack Wilde — A Teacher’s Essays

Sometimes, judging a book by its cover latches doors airtight; whereas, opening them can exceed expectation. In the book A Door Opens: Writing in Fifth Grade (1993), the author, Jack Wilde, places the hands of the reader on the doorknob, ready to turn and indulge in what awaits across the threshold. What will you find? A slant, […]

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Welcome to A Teacher’s Essays! — A Teacher’s Essays

This blog, A Teacher’s Essays, is nearly two decades late. I will often tell my students who are chronically tardy, “At least you made it,” so it seems apropos to me to welcome such sage advice. Truth is, I’ve been collecting observations surrounding the world of education long before my teaching credential was signed, at […]

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