Tag Archives: curriculum

Quality of Teachers is Key

  A school ultimately sinks or swims on the quality of its teachers and of their relationships with students. Therefore the careful hiring of teachers is key, as well as expert attention to anything that impacts the work life of those teachers, or their relationships with students. Another way of saying this is that administrators […]

Teachers Need a Seat at the Table

What’s the surest way of improving student performance in Maine’s troubled schools? Break down the bureaucratic chains that control what goes on and invite the teachers to the decision-making table. Amongst my teaching acquaintances I do not know many who report having been offered a legitimate seat at the table where the important programming decisions […]

Taking the Fun Out of School

For a lot of kids it’s not much fun going to school these days. Many schools have cut recess. Lunch lasts twenty minutes at best. The arts, languages, physical education, and social studies all occupy  positions on the back burners. Teachers avoid project-based learning. Taking the fun out of school is a mistake. We lose […]