Surviving Teacher Depression

I think I have it figured out!  After 22 years of listening to teachers discuss their depression, I just had to ask myself, “Why do teachers suffer from SO much depression?”  Every year, teachers by the thousands report symptoms of depression or anxiety.  I’ve expressed this many times myself.  While clinical depression is caused by [...]

The Good News In Education We’ve Been Waiting For: ‘Capturing The Spark’ – a Book Review

Palo Alto High School English teacher David B. Cohen has done a favor for the teaching profession by writing Capturing the Spark: Inspired Teaching, Thriving Schools. The book pushes back again a tired and prosaic cynicism about the teaching profession that reflexively asserts that American education is in a sad and dilapidated state, soiled by [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|Book Review, Educator Professionalism, Opinion|0 Comments

NCTE and ALAN Conference Highlights

I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving in Atlanta, Georgia at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) conferences. As a first-timer, I didn't know exactly what to expect. I have been to local and state-level teacher conferences before as well as national blogging [...]

TEDTalk: Help for Kids the Education System Forgets

One of the best TED Talks I've seen in a while was by Victor Rios, a sociology professor at the University of California. The segment, titled "Help for kids the education system ignores" was poignant, direct, and necessary. His speech highlighted how some of our neediest students are falling through the cracks, and what our mandate - as [...]