When working to improve classrooms and schools, it's easy to forget how much we can learn from kids themselves. We asked a fourth-grader about his school experience, and what he would do to make it better.
When we label some students “gifted,” and give them access to better instruction as a result, it's not hard for “un-gifted” students to get the message: You don't deserve the best teaching.
Gina Tovar's son is a former student of Fishman Prize winner Steve Sanders — a teacher Ms. Tovar said "inspired my son tremendously." In her own words, Ms. Tovar reflects on how Mr. Sanders accomplished this, and what his presence in school meant to her son and his classmates.