Koonlaba: What do you think about visual art and poetry (aka arts integration)?

I just read a blog post by Alycia Zimmerman titled, Ekphrasis: Poetry About Art, and I really learned something new. I had no idea what ekphrasis meant before reading. The post defines this word as “writing about any art form, but in its modern usage, ekphrasis generally refers to poetry that reflects on visual art, and most […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about the kindergarten controversy?

In “The Kindergarten Dilemma,” Judy Smizik reflects on her thirty-five years as a Kindergarten teacher. She asserts, “Kindergarten exposed children to the world around them through creative experiences that incorporated the arts, rich literature, and meaningful learning. It addressed the needs of the “whole” child.  Kindergarten programs were developed to allow for the differences that naturally occur in […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about teachers needing professional organizations?

When I first read the title of this post, I immediately thought of educator organizations such as the National Education Association or the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents. Possibly, I thought of these because of their politics which often get media coverage. However, as I continued to read Join Now: Why Teachers Need Professional Organizations, […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about teacher frustration and teacher voice?

3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice, posted on Edutopia on June 9 by Anne O’Brien claims that America’s teachers are frustrated. She explains that the frustration stems from systemic challenges that stand in the way of teaching. Now, here’s where the post gets interesting to me. She puts forth a three-step method (originating from some […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about summer vacation homework?

I just read a post on Scholastic Teachers about rethinking summer homework. The author insists that summer homework be meaningful and interesting. Students should buy-in on having to complete this homework over their summer break. The author of the post describes some activities that qualify. This post made me start thinking about what other educators […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about the myth of teachers having summers off?

I just read a post titled “The Myth of Having Summers Off” on Edutopia.  This post lists nine education-related things that teachers do during the summer, which made me automatically start thinking about all of the education-related things I do during the summer. This summer alone I am teaching graduate courses online, blogging, teaching professional […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about de-cluttering your classroom?

I just read a post on the CTQ Collaboratory about de-cluttering  your classroom at the end of the school year. Not That Teacher Anymore, by Tricia Ebner, tells a personal story of the “walk down memory lane” that de-cluttering provided the author. It is a short and sweet post. I hope you will take time to read […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about teacher-bloggers?

I was fortunate to be published in the Spring 2016 edition of the Delta Kappa Gamma Collegial Exchange. The piece was titled, “Finding My Teacher Voice: Why I Became a Blogger.” I was intrigued by the idea that blogging doesn’t just come as second nature to all teachers. In the article, I explain how I […]

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