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Now that school has ended, I have the time to reflect on how well writing on my own blog or contributing to other blogs has served as my own professional development…read more.

“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…read more

One of my students raised her hand. A quiet, thoughtful girl, she wanted to know if our class would be doing something in response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels…read more

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The Benefits of an Individualized Approach

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

I’ll never forget the first year I started teaching. I was slightly skeptical of the whole process, although I believed in it (because I am the product of the Montessori school I now direct) millions of [...]

The Bathroom Issue– Me, Oh, My, What Shall We Do?

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

I have been an educator for over 20 years, but, first and foremost, I am a mother of two daughters.  While they are grown now, heaven knows I still think of them as my little girls. [...]

More Sensible Education Policy in New York State

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

”It Takes a Village.” It’s the title of a book written by a regrettably presumptive and chronically evasive presidential nominee, but also true. All people involved make some difference in the lives of my three [...]

What I Have Learned: Farewell Letter to My Students

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Over the past few weeks, my students have made certain that I leave feeling valued and loved; they have thrown parties, brought treats, serenaded me with songs, given speeches, written encouraging notes, and presented me [...]

Lit Circles in the Middle: Procedures for Middle School Literature Circles

May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

This is my second year trying Literature Circles with my students. The first time, two years ago, I had seniors. They were extremely motivated and self-sufficient. I gave them a checklist of things I wanted [...]

Google Classroom Part 3: First Year Reflections

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

I surveyed 42 of my juniors for this article.  The questionnaire asked them to comment on benefits and frustrations with Google Classroom and Google Apps. Every student agreed that they felt more connected to students [...]

Teachers Must Take on Trump

May 20th, 2016|1 Comment

As a teacher, I’ve always felt pressure to keep my personal political views out of my classroom. In fact, in New York City’s public schools the Chancellor’s Regulations which lay out a wide range of rules, [...]

How Humility Is Hurting Teachers

May 20th, 2016|3 Comments

A favorite education professor probably told you that being humble is a trait of an effective teacher. They probably read a 2011 ASCD article about "what makes for an effective teacher" and shared it with their [...]

Confession of a Self-Conscious Teacher: I’m Afraid to Turn Around in Class

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

I am a middle school teacher and have taught for almost nine years now, but I have a confession to make. Turning my back on my students terrifies that crap out of me. I manage [...]

Kindergarten Readiness: 10 Things Your Child Should Know

May 18th, 2016|2 Comments

It's almost Kindergarten readiness screening time for my school, and it is exciting to see the new faces that will walk through our doors come September. But it can also be a very frustrating time [...]

One Standardized Test, Many Different Student Stories

May 17th, 2016|1 Comment

Testing is upon us or was upon us a couple of weeks ago. Scores are coming back and no matter what, there are consequences to those scores. I have never made it a secret that [...]

Movie Review: Tested

May 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Think that there's a lot on the line for kids taking tests? Plenty of pressure? Stress? Difficulties? Mess? Welcome to New York City Public Schools, says writer, producer, and director Curtis Chin in his film [...]

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