Fridays: A Teacher Confessional

Rebecca Black took a student's perspective with her song "Friday," focusing on the last day of the work week, where she wrote after "gettin' down on a Friday, everyone's looking forward to the weekend." So, what about teachers' perspectives on Friday? We asked our writers and readers, and here's how they claimed to end the week: [...]

Educate Yourself and Vote

I am praying for our nation.  We have a circus going on being sensationalized by the media.  While this is happening, in fourth grade, I teach my students about government.  They are exploring a basic understanding of how democracy works. They are learning about the three branches of government.  And we will explore rights and responsibilities of citizens.  These [...]

Can Teachers Really Be Excellent At Everything?

Imagine this: You're a beginning teacher, fresh out of college. You've done a few weeks (maybe a semester) of teaching on your own. You're thrilled to be hired to teach in your own classroom. You can disregard the low starting pay and the multiple subjects you need to prepare to teach every day. This is [...]

The Grieving Year: A Major Professional Error

During the 2014-2015 school year, I landed a brand new job. This teaching gig seemed to be exquisitely designed for me. I had just received my Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and I was excited by an opening at my county's most prestigious arts school. The job ad for a creative writing [...]