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There could be hundreds of different reasons why a teacher may want to teach in a new district. Maybe they aren’t getting along with their current administration, they’ve recently moved, they are looking for better pay, shorter commute, etc. Read more here

Summer break is an American institution. A time when students across the nation leave their intensive classes and venture off to the woods, the pool, the mountains, and the basement. Read more here.

What do you do, as teachers, to take care of your students?” Hands went up throughout the room. …..Read more here.

Have you ever felt like an administrator just doesn’t like you and that no matter what you do, he/she will determine you’re doing it wrong? What do you do when that happens? Run for the hills? Kill them with kindness? Read more.



The Traveling Teacher: China, Part I – Beijing

July 24th, 2017|1 Comment

Ever since I proposed to my wife, I've dreamed of going to China. I'd wanted to visit there so badly that I even - get this - floated the idea of having our honeymoon there. [...]

The Many Personalities of Teachers-And Why We Need Them

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

I’ve always been a salmon among trout, preferring to take the scenic route and discover things on my own rather than taking other peoples’ ‘suggestions’. Having admitted that I can say that teaching with others [...]

Guided Math Pitfalls: Avoid these to Make it Work

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

The year I started guided math, I was in for a fun learning curve. Guided reading worked well in my classroom. I saw students making large strides and guided math was the new initiative. This [...]

Another Ugly Side of School Bullying: Its Effect on Achievement

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

These days, bullying can be a child’s worse nightmare. It is no secret that harassment among students is becoming a more and more rampant problem in contemporary public schools. Yet, how precisely does it influence [...]

Getting my Struggling Readers to Thrive in the Content Areas

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

How do you get your struggling reader to succeed in the content areas? This was my dilemma as a fourth-grade teacher. I was frustrated for my struggling students. They experienced failure in almost every class because [...]

Making the Dual Language Decision

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

We all know that communicating with parents is essential to being an effective educator, but when the majority of your students speak a different language at home, it becomes frustrating to have to find a [...]

Attention Right-Wing: Teachers Aren’t Promoting an Anti-American Agenda

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

On the eve of Independence Day, columnist Charles Krauthammer appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show and stated that a waning pride in America is largely because "we teach our children about all the pathologies [...]

Why What Teachers Read Matters

July 17th, 2017|1 Comment

This summer I had the privilege of sitting in on interviews for a new ELA teacher in my building. In my fourteen years in the district, this is the first time I have been able [...]

Going Bare: Forget the Pinterest Ready Room

July 17th, 2017|4 Comments

I love scrolling through all the beautiful Pinterest classrooms and seeing just how beautiful a classroom can really be. However, when I looked at my classroom and it was never really Pinterest ready. I felt [...]

From (AP) Hell to (Oxford) Heaven and Back: A Summer Confession

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

34,000 Feet – Somewhere Over the Atlantic I was utterly crushed. There is absolutely no other word to describe it. On the eve of my last day of a magical family holiday, I got the bad [...]

Science is Under Attack

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Most educated individuals can agree that science and science education is of the utmost importance to our children and our future. The state of Florida does not see things quite the same way as evident [...]

Making STEM Matter in Schools

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

I just got back from a fascinating conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report. I was compelled by the idea of making STEM matter in schools; [...]

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