- What I Hope for The Educator’s Room in 2017 - January 1, 2017
- [Podcast] What’s Best for Children: An Interview with Susan Ochshorn - December 29, 2016
- Who Will Care for the Teachers: A Podcast on Teacher Depression - November 27, 2016
- [Podcast S2E12] How to Engage With Students Who Are Behaviorally Challenged - November 22, 2016
- The Whole Teacher Movement… We Need It Now… - November 14, 2016
- [Election 2016] What Do We Tell Our Children? - November 9, 2016
- [Podcast S2E11] Hi, I’m a Teacher and I’m Homeless - November 7, 2016
- Revamping Your Resume for a Career Change - October 23, 2016
- [Podcast S2E10] The Microaggressions of Mispronouncing a Student’s Name - October 12, 2016
- [Podcast S2E9] Practicing Self-Care By Teaching in the Dominican Republic - October 2, 2016
Exactly 54 months ago, I made the decision to create a space for educators where we could laugh, debate and share about what really happens in the classroom. For months I did all of the obligatory things to make sure that I could secure a strong “debut”. I secured a name for the site (alas The Educator’s Room), secured all of the appropriate social media channels, and started advertising for other teachers to write so the viewpoint would be diverse. Then, I did the hardest part- I waited.
During the wait, I approached teachers I worked with, but many were too scared to write about really happened once those metal doors to their school house closed. Slowly, I decided to use my new love for social media and over the past 54 months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with over 50 teachers/writers who believe that teachers are the experts in education. Those teachers have given up their planning periods, their time at home with their families, and even endured being written up by their principals-all because they wanted to write for us.
During this time together, we’ve all been through our own personal and professional highs and lows including (but not limited to):
- bouts with clinical depression from teaching,
- the unexpected death of a spouse,
- gut-wrenching divorces,
- the publishing of books, podcasts, and radio shows by our writers,
- embarking on career paths outside/ inside the classroom and around the world,
- confronting our own bias in education with our students of various backgrounds,
- enduring a brutal election season with our writers all voting for different candidates,
- and the list goes on.
Through all of these things that should have broken not only us individually but as a whole, we’ve realized that we are more than just people writing about our experiences- we are teachers on the front lines of making sure that the narrative of public education is being told accurately.This year we had teachers who through the loss of spouse continued to write for us. Click To Tweet
As we start this beautiful year, in the year 2017, I hope we are able to continue to:
- empower certificated teachers to want to write about the good, bad, and ugly of public education. Note: This year alone we published over 500 articles from January 2016 to December 2016.
- Note: This year alone we published over 500 articles from January 2016 to December 2016. Click To Tweet
- have dissenting political viewpoints- our differences make us stronger as a collective whole.
- question how non-educators influence education on the national and local level.
- have workshops that focus on our Whole Teacher Movement that we’ve discussed extensively on the site.
- have REAL professional development opportunities led by teachers across the country.
- be a community that advocates for teachers 365 days a year.
To all of our writers, I want to say a very public “THANK YOU” because you take time away from your students, family, and own hopes to pour into The Educator’s Room. Because of you, we’ve been able to move mountains with an almost non-existent budget and resources. I would like to take the time to thank the following writers for being total ROCK STARS for this entire year.We've had teachers threatened to be written up by their principals for writing for us. Click To Tweet
Thank you to…
- Mrs. Lori Rice for writing 179 articles for The Educator’s Room.
- Mr. Jake Miller, a 7th grade Social Studies, for writing over 150 articles for The Educator’s Room.
- Mrs. Colette Bennett and Mrs. Paula Kay Glass who have both who has written over 100 articles for The Educator’s Room.
- Ms. Alicia Trosclair who had the most page views for the year with her painfully truthful article entitled, “Teachers Cannot Have a Normal Life.” This year alone this article had over 80,000 page views!
In the end, we pledge to continue to be here for teachers in 2017 just like we’ve done for the last 4 years. As always, we’d love to hear what you need for us this year. Happy New Year!