Monday, October 19, 2020
Kimberly Shearer

Zombies, teaching and Kentucky education’s bright future

I just spent the past hour looking for zombie movie clips on YouTube. My English III students are studying allegory, and I found an...

True learning is not measured only with a bubble sheet

A minute per question. That’s the time I was given to answer 120 multiple-choice questions on my Praxis test this morning.

‘Our success, and our students’, depends upon our ability to adapt and grow.’

Last month, I was in Frankfort serving as Grand Marshal in Governor Steve Beshear’s inaugural parade. I was honored to represent Kentucky teachers on...

Out of ‘nothing’ teachers are experts at seeing ‘something’

Something from nothing. It’s a phrase that comes up in my Mythology class whenever my students and I examine the creation myths of the ancient...

An open letter to Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education

Dear Commissioner, It’s good to be back in the Bluegrass! I just returned from Dallas, where I participated in the Council of Chief State School...

21st-century skills need 21st-century assessment

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the 300s section of my school library. As part of my practicum experience for my Rank...

Collaboration, not competition, will lead to student success

Over the past few months, I’ve grown pretty accustomed to phone interviews. I’ve also discovered an interesting phenomenon that typically occurs during these interviews....

Teachers need to support each other

When she was named the 2012 National Teacher of the Year by President Obama, California English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki said, "I am not the...

Why You Need Your School Librarian

Think about the “Like” button on Facebook. With just one push of a button, people are able to communicate a great deal of information....

Through collaboration, teachers become leaders

Recently I was asked to be a part of a discussion panel on teacher leadership, and in an attempt to prepare for the panel,...