The identity of teachers

Experiment: Integrating the messages of a collection of literature. Analyzing the work of teachers is incredibly fascinating work. As a former teacher, I am still intrigued at every story and every quote. I would describe every piece of research about teachers as a “page turner”. What did they say?! What happened next?! I constantly yell…

Mission Statement

Eh, it can’t all be technical. Here are my personal thoughts of what I want school to be. I want to work in a school where teachers . . .  are the guides for learning, facilitators, and leaders of the community, supported by administration  are valued for their specific skills and interests work collaboratively (not…

EndNote Tutorial

My new favorite program: EndNote! Install the desktop version: Sign in to the web version: EndNote Online   Now, you’re ready to go! Download Citations from journals: Then open up the download and the desktop version of EndNote will automatically pick it up.   Use the Browser Plug in to “Capture Reference”:  (you must be signed…

Features of Neoliberalism

Experiment: Explaining the part that I do understand. The term “neoliberalism” is very confusing for an American. We tend to use “liberal” as a nickname for those who are socially liberal. In the broader scheme of politics, “neoliberal” is used for the new wave of capitalistic thinking that calls for a liberalized economy with less…

Seeing the other perspective

Experiment: Writing about something I don’t believe. . . oh, this is too hard! The case for the privatization of schools is an incredibly complex topic. I’ll summarize these main points: The purpose of government and the protection of freedom Education should be local, truly democratic and imposed by federal government The purpose of education…

Being Okay with Not Knowing

Experiment: writing about the connection between philosophy and my own view on research. At the end of a long day last week, I encountered a particularly challenging section of a book. I left myself this note, so that I would remember that it was not just a normal bookmark. Having totally forgotten about it, I opened…

What defines school?

Last weekend I attended the conference “A Voice for Education” in Nottingham. This was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and none of those titles prepared me at all for what to expect! This was the first question of the day, and I did not have a very good answer. The question is,”What…

The Invisible Work of Teachers

Experiment: Integrate feminist economics and education Teaching is a highly visible position. As a former teacher, I was a “minor celebrity”. I would be recognized in random shopping malls by people I had never met. Every time I left the house I would see at least one student. The job itself involves presenting to a group…