Sunday Night Blues: Coping with Teacher Anxiety as the New Week Begins

Between the joy and relaxation of the weekend, and the crushing anxiety of a new work week, lies Sunday night. No matter how fulfilled one feels with their work, or how much they “love their job,” nearly everyone feels that tinge of tension and apprehension as 8:00 pm rolls around and you begin thinking about [...]

38 Days a Teacher: Leadership, Followership, and Fellowship

I found myself standing in front of 27 students, my first day as their teacher, the Monday after Thanksgiving. I was brought in as their Spanish teacher to pick up the pieces after their previous teacher ran screaming into the night, unable to deal with the behaviors and diverse academic needs of the 130 students [...]

“Active Monitoring” Standardized Tests Is a Joke

Most states have a guide for how educators should properly proctor a standardized test. Chief among the list of directions is teacher behavior while students are testing. Those of us proctoring tests are bound to come across the term "active monitoring" (AK-tiv * Mahn-it-ORR-ing) N. - educational jargon-ese for teachers doing nothing other than staring at their [...]

Testing Season: Prepare to be Accountable

It's testing season In New York, the state tests are here. Technically speaking the ELA tests have gone by already, other than make-ups that need to still happen. The math 3-8 exams are still to come, and in the tiny rural school system I teach in these tests are all taken seriously by the teachers. [...]