Teaching

Excellent Education for All

February 16, 2016

One of Michigan Teacher of the Year Rick Joseph’s platform items is addressing how income inequality affects education. Here, he speaks from personal experience teaching for several years in vastly different districts. ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

Saginawesome! A visit to Saginaw HS and Carrollton MS

January 19, 2016

When I first stepped inside Saginaw High School, I could feel a palpable sense of resiliency and community pride that runs deep in this mid-Michigan town. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Read. Read. READ!

November 17, 2015

One of the most amazing and pleasurable things Michigan Teacher of the Year Rick Joseph gets to do as an educator is read aloud to students every day. Educators and parents know the central role that reading aloud plays in the literacy of both children and adults.

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

The Idea Hive – Where Ideas Turn to Action

October 20, 2015

Challenging, personal, transformative conversations happen on a daily basis in the Idea Hive, a classroom space shared by Jeff Croley and Jason LaFay at Dewitt High School. MTOY Rick Joseph pays a visit. ...

Topic: MTOY, Teaching, Social Media

'Empathy in Action' works at home - and the classroom

September 21, 2015

As an educator, Michigan Teacher of the Year Rick Joseph is constantly aware of the importance of cultivating communities of care. As he helps his son batter cancer, he sees people who could use some extra help – something consistent with the first component of his platform as MTOY – equity. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Meet 2015-16 MTOY Rick Joseph

August 17, 2015

Rick Joseph is Michigan’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. He’s a fifth/sixth grade teacher at Birmingham Covington School and has more than 20 years of classroom experience. We talked with Rick about his teaching experience and what his goals are for the coming school year. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Ignite the Flame in Education

March 17, 2015

Michigan Teacher of the Year Melody Arabo was invited to speak at the Governor’s Economic and Education Summit at the Renaissance Center in Detroit. Her speech seemed to cause quite a stir, and several people reached out and asked her to publish it. She shares it here.

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Nice Kids Can Be Mean, Too

February 9, 2015

Michigan Teacher of the Year Melody Arabo discusses how even the brightest, nicest kids can show bullying behavior. But with a slight change in language, children are more willing to accept their behavior and take responsibility for it. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Let's Get Connected

November 5, 2014

Twitter was new for me last year. I opened a personal account years ago, but just didn’t see what all the buzz was about. Once my district started encouraging teachers to build their PLN’s, I reluctantly created a professional account. I was a little skeptical that it would be more of a distraction and less of a genuine resource, but I’m officially convinced otherwise. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching, Social Media

The Student Teacher Wish List

October 9, 2014

I recently attended a DARTEP (Directors and Representatives of Teacher Education Programs) meeting with the Michigan Department of Education at Saginaw Valley State University. The purpose was to discuss pertinent information about teacher preparation programs across the state of Michigan.

Topic: MTOY, Teaching

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