Aaron Eyler

Aaron is a U.S. history teacher in a Central Jersey school district. In addition, to his Bachelor's degree in History and Education certification, he has a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership.
Aaron Eyler has written 9 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

Relax on the Collaboration

The scope of this question is particularly bothersome to me. I like the way that Paula has discussed the inside-out phenomenon that many believe in where we all take care of the kids in our classroom and that creates a panacea for bad teaching in other rooms. I especially like this comment: It is time … Continue reading

Be Wagner Dodge & Then Replace the Windows?

One of the largest complaints I hear about education is that the students are “just so damned apathetic”. For some students, this is a reality, and I won’t say that it is entirely the system’s fault for this problem. What I will say is that one of the biggest complaints I have about educators is … Continue reading

Start Doing The Minimum…And The Maximum

I’m a big fan of doing the minimum…and the maximum. The key is understanding at which point doing “the minimum” is better than doing “the maximum” and when doing “the maximum” is absolutely necessary. Here are two examples: Do the minimum when you write your lesson plans. I’m not saying don’t plan, and I am … Continue reading

Self-Directed Learners?: Better Improve YOUR Tool Set

I am going to take the liberty of discussing the parental role of this discussion prior to discussing ways of making students “self-directed, social learners” for one reason and one reason alone. Following my first year of teaching, I sat down and asked myself a series of questions. One of which was the following: What … Continue reading

Words Only Go So Far

Wounded By School is comprised of stories and Kirsten Olsen’s perspective of how parents and teachers can alter, or prevent, the damage that occurs to schoolchildren every day as a result of school culture. I have to agree with a lot of Olsen’s ideas as to what is wrong with school as well as what … Continue reading

Democracy Starts From The Bottom Up

The population that makes up the structure we call “school” can be placed on a continuum to show the way in which each individual is contributing to the development (or hindrance) of democracy. Point blank: each individual needs to be knowledgeable of the fact that he or she can push schools further towards a democratic … Continue reading

Compulsory Standards for a Participatory Framework?

When developing Common Content or Core Standards the first step is understanding that, more often than not, they get in the way of promoting democratic school structures. There is nothing more “undemocratic” than mandating specific knowledge for every individual to know and eliminating all possible choice when it comes to scope and sequence. There is … Continue reading

Rationale Thinking About A Democratic Structure of Schooling

Schools have evolved in the United States over time from “restricted access for some” to “you must go” while increasing provisions for those that are in need, and offering a menu of activities in participatory culture. The problem is that, despite the participatory feeling of these additions, schools lack in their efforts to prompt a … Continue reading

Educated Decisions: The Role of Education in a Democracy

The problem with answering this question is that most people have a limited scope and understanding as to the role and purpose of education in general never mind when we start to discuss its importance in a democracy. It’s the juxtaposition of articulating a clear role of education in a democracy as well as the … Continue reading

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