Here’s Why Creativity is More Important Than Ever

Here's Why Creativity is More Important Than Ever by @AndrewDKaufman #creativity #students #classroom

What kind of career comes to mind when you think of creativity? Maybe acting, writing, or filmmaking? In the past, these have been described as the “creative fields,” as opposed to disciplines like business, law, math, or science. You don’t hear them described that way quite as often anymore, but the implication that creativity isn’t…

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What Do Grades Mean And Why Are They Important To Us?

What Do Grades Mean And Why Are They Important To Us? by @andrewdkaufman #grades #teaching #students #important

What Do Grades Mean? With so many changes in the classroom over the last year, it’s understandable that some teachers might not be excited to dive into the debate of how we grade students. For many, it’s a process that they have developed over years of trial and error, and asking them to reexamine their…

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As Educators, What Can We Learn from the Attack on the Capitol?

As Educators, What Can We Learn from the Attack on the Capitol? by @AndrewDKaufman #Capitol #politics #Constitution #educators

A week after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the pictures are still hard to fathom. While peaceful demonstrations are rightfully a part of life in Washington, this incident is unlike anything we’ve seen in two centuries. The Senate chamber was breached by people wearing combat gear and carrying zip ties. A Confederate…

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Will Schools Open This Fall? Should They?

Will Schools Open This Fall? Should They? by @AndrewDKaufman #schools #teaching #learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted longer than many of us expected and has impacted all areas of our lives, including schools. From elementary up to the college level, educators around the country are wondering what school will look like in the fall. While many districts and universities have already decided to stay completely online through…

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Students Don’t Need You to be a Perfect Teacher Right Now

Students Don't Need You to be a Perfect Teacher Right Now by @andrewdkaufman #students #teacher #COVID19

In early March, my university administration informed me that I had a week to transition my University of Virginia course Books Behind Bars online. This is a class I’ve been teaching for the past decade, where UVA students meet regularly with incarcerated youth at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Richmond, Virginia to explore questions…

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How Great Students Can Change a Teacher’s Life

How Great Students Can Change a Teacher’s Life by @andrewdkaufman #students #life #teacher

We’ve all heard stories about great teachers who have changed students’ lives. Far less common are stories from teachers about students who have changed their lives, yet anybody in the teaching profession knows that learning is a reciprocal activity that can have a profound impact on both members of the exchange.  Just as there are…

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How I Learned to Get Out of My Own Way as a Teacher

How I Learned to Get Out of My Own Way as a Teacher by @andrewdkaufman #teacher #teaching #college

For years as a college teacher, I thought I knew my subject. When it came time to creating the syllabus for my introduction to Russian literature class, I did what most professors do: I decided which novels, stories, and poems I needed to cover in a matter of fourteen weeks, divided the total number by…

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I Have a Dream (of a Different Kind of Classroom)

I Have a Dream (of a Different Kind of Classroom) by @andrewdkaufman #dream #classroom #teaching

Since the day that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic speech nearly six decades ago in 1963, he has inspired thousands, if not millions, of people to dream bigger. Whether that means standing up against social injustices, volunteering in our community, or contributing to education reform, many of us have been inspired to leave…

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