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Stephanie Burroughs, Ed.D.

Curriculum Leader, K-12 Education

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We Need to Stop Dehumanizing the Teaching Profession

I was in 8th grade and I was having a hard time fitting in. I sat at a table of three on the left side of the room in a make-shift classroom the school had put together in the library because of overcrowding. My teacher was an older woman in her 60s, she had short silver hair and glasses. Her name w…

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Looking at Social-Emotional Learning and Engagement through an Equity Lens

I've been to so many conferences where the keynote speaker talked about classrooms without walls, making global connections, and making our content come alive. I remember being excited at these possibilities, and still am, but I definitely was not prepared to take this so literally.

Right now, we'…

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Tackling Social-Emotional Learning in a Remote Environment

Remote learning has highlighted significant inequities in K-12 education, but those inequities are not just curricular and they are certainly not all about devices and internet access. The largest gap in what we are now able to achieve is with social-emotional learning and support. This gap impacts …

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The Conversation on Equity that is long overdue in K-12 Education

Recent events in the US and our K-12 education system have exacerbated what should already be blatantly clear to education policymakers: all students do not have equal access to public education. It is a moral imperative that we as a nation step back, acknowledge the inherit shortcomings of educati…

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Managing Remote Learning from a Parent Perspective with an Educator Flair

I know everyone everywhere has been posting about remote learning and options for parents and teachers, but I've decided to still posting something to help curate resources and ideas all in one place. I hope this is helpful to anyone who reads it. I also hope that this doesn't come across as "I've f…

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5 ways to encourage Communication and Collaboration in Math Class

5 ways to encourage Communication and Collaboration in Math Class

Communication and Collaboration in the Mathematics classroom can sometimes be an afterthought. As teachers, we are prone to focusing on problems instead of the discussion. Discussions are also harder and require structure for o…

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5 Things Math Teachers can do to support Social and Emotional Learning

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks added an 8th Guiding Principle for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs on Social and Emotional Learning in its most recent revision of the frameworks. (See below)


Guiding Principle 8

Social and emotional learning can increase academic achievement, imp…

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Why Inquiry? Understanding the differences between traditional instruction and "New Math"

For the same reason that Shakespeare is not as important as Reading and Writing, the Quadratic Formula is not as important as developing a student's ability to break down problems into solvable parts, follow the logic of those individual steps, and assess the reasonableness of their answer. Learning…

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Why we should be using technology as a vehicle for Literacy in Mathematics.

Guiding Principle 3 for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs:

Technology is an essential tool that should be used strategically in mathematics education.


 

Guiding Principle 3 for Massachusetts Mathematics Programs has me a bit disappointed. Embedded in the description is a conversation on the im…

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5 ways to break the cycle of Repetitive Math Homework.

I've been thinking a lot on alternative ways to assign students homework in Math class. Out of habit, we tend to assign students practice problems, go over the answers at the beginning of class, and then jump into another concept. We create this routine in Mathematics class that can sometimes preven…

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