Teacher-writer Kyle Redford chronicled her discoveries and passions as an educator, with a focus on engaging students across the learning spectrum. Follow her on Twitter: @kyleredford. This blog is no longer being updated.
Teaching Profession Opinion Teaching Is the Best Profession (and Not Just Because of Summer)
I would argue that teaching offers the privilege of living a life informed by highly coveted values and opportunities that money cannot buy.
Equity & Diversity Opinion Sharing Stories to Enrich School Culture
The stories revealed intimate struggles and triumphs related to race, ethnicity and sexual identity, complex immigration journeys, past learning and employment obstacles, and other life-altering challenges and achievements, with accompanying slices of wisdom gleaned along the way.
Federal Opinion The Challenges of Teaching Civics in the Age of Trump
It is important for me to assure my young students that many adults know what they know: encouraging cruelty and cultural division is unacceptable at school and a real danger to our political process.
Families & the Community Opinion Building Self-Advocacy and Ownership Through Student-Led Conferences
Student-led conferences clearly establish that while adults are there for support, students are expected to own their own learning
Special Education Opinion Don't Wait: Six Simple Ways to Support Your Struggling Learners Tomorrow
"These modifications all embrace the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) which caution against teaching to the imaginary average student. The truth is, our classrooms are full of students who are difficult to categorize because they present quirky profiles."
Education Opinion Why Conversations With Parents About Perfectionism Are Messy But Important
As a parent or teacher, accepting a child's academic imperfections in any area is a difficult line to draw. How much struggle or challenge should we accept? When do we allow a student be satisfactory at a skill? How do we comfortably define satisfactory? If we accept average performance, are we giving up on the student, or, worse yet, applying a "fixed mindset" when considering their potential and possibilities?
Education Opinion A New Way of Reading That Invites Everyone In
Since dyslexia is, by definition, an unexpected difficulty learning to read in individuals with average to above average intelligence, the ability to read and reference age-appropriate content is a game-changer for dyslexics. Finally, their access to reading content can be defined by their thinking skills, rather than their more limited reading ability.
Education Opinion Go Ahead, Say Dyslexia
Despite all that we have learned about dyslexia, there remains too much denial and shame surrounding a learning disability that impacts up to twenty percent of our population. Naming dyslexia is a critical first step in demystifying and destigmatizing the condition.