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Every year, regardless of my students' ability levels, I start with community class time. Community class time is when students learn trust, seek help, and gain the skills to be responsible in their daily lives. If we want our children to master high academic standards,...

I am excited to be an educator in a state that so strongly supports initiatives for college and career readiness. In Tennessee, we have made these initiatives a priority by identifying them in our strategic plan under the heading “High School and Bridge to Postsecondary.”...

I spent many years in school just “doing work” but not having a deep understanding of the concepts or how they connected to the real world. For example, I vividly recall learning the process of factoring in Algebra using the acronym FOIL (first, outside, inside,...

It’s five a.m. in a brightly lit studio as I stretch out and awaken my muscles. My sister-in-law is a trainer, and whenever I visit her, I like to take her classes. I watch her set up the room with kettlebells (her favorite, not mine),...

After hearing a lot of noise, I looked out my classroom window. I laughed and then immediately groaned before going to find the 9th-grade coordinator. She was already on her way to find me because she’d seen it too: Twenty-seven students, the first-ever group of...