The Educator's Room

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Let Them Make T-Charts!

Pity the copier. Stuck in the windowless corner of the teacher’s room, churning out page after page of quizzes, newsletters, and course descriptions. Probed and shoved and slammed, the oft maligned copier needs a break. What could...

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"Winter Books" by Chris Silas Neal

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Teaching in the Winter: The Best Time of Year

By Guest Writer Jeffrey Benson It’s the middle of winter in the U.S. Northeast. I wake in the dark, there’s snow and ice to scrape off my windshield, and all the students are bundled up like the Michelin tire man. It’s the...

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Urban Schools for Sale

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Urban Schools for Sale

There is a great deal of “education reform” going on in the United States today. In the name of reform the first targets are urban schools and districts. If you are not in one of those districts, you may have no idea of what a dangerous...

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Special education and general education

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Why Special Educators and General Educators Need Each Other

Let’s address the gigantic elephant in the room. We don’t talk enough and, quite frankly, a lot of times it seems that we just don’t get along. You just want to teach and I just want to follow my IEPs. We do have something in...

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the story from the lens

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Birth-Order In Our Classrooms: How It Affects Our Students

The other day I ran across a post on social media that read: “First-born: I made the rules. Second-born: I’m the reason there are rules. Third-born: What rules?” I had to laugh because as a mom with three under five years apart, my...

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Why a teacher can't have a normal life

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Why a Teacher Cannot have a Normal Life…

“Oh you are a teacher? It must be so nice to have two months off. I just have a normal job with only two weeks’ vacation.” We have all heard it. And to be honest, we are sick of it. Sure, we get summers off.  I do not need to mention...

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