Calm Classroom, Sparkling Desks

Originally posted on Open Salon on February 22. 2012:               “Kids today!”                This hackneyed exclamation has been around for generations, and people of every generation think they invented it.                “Our parents didn’t let us get away with things like that!”                This is probably true.                “My father used to take his belt to me!”                I think the speaker [...]

No Excuse for the Narrow Focus of Our Schools

Originally posted on Open Salon on October 2, 2011:            I have been a teacher now for over twenty years, and I have split my career between the middle- and high-school levels.  Five years ago, I decided to pursue a second master’s degree, this one in school administration, and I attended the Rutgers University Graduate School [...]

How I Dress at Work

 Originally published on Open Salon on April 9, 2011:            Recently, I have given a great deal of thought to a particular tendency in our culture that has powerful implications, not only for my work as a teacher, but also for society as a whole.  A personal anecdote serves as an introduction.            For about twenty years [...]

Student Behavior and Our Media

 Originally posted on Open Salon on February 21, 2011:           More today about the behavior spectrum of today’s students.            I explained in an earlier post that our entire society—adults and children alike—is strongly influenced by our mass media.  It helps to isolate and understand some important principles on which our media function.            It is obvious that [...]