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  • How to Own the Leadership of Your Classroom: Craft a Vision

    on Jul 31, 15 • in Classroom Leadership, Educator Professionalism, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Series • with Comments

    Why july is the best month to be a teach

    It’s no secret that teacher burnout is a problem. A commonly cited statistic is that as many as half of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. As retention of teachers gains attention in policy circles, teacher leadership has emerged as one possible solution. Generally teacher leadership means an opportunity to extend a teacher’s impact beyond their own classroom — by sitting on school committees, participating in or leading professional development, attending conferences — without requiring that teacher to leave classroom teaching altogether. But for many teachers, just feeling like true leaders of their own classrooms would

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  • Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Speech-“the Word is with Men”

    on Jul 31, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, High School, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    John Steinbeck & his Nobel

    When American authors are studied in the secondary English Language Arts classroom for their short stories and their novels, John Steinbeck is usually featured. Students, however, may not have read a speech he penned or listened to him read these words aloud. There is such a speech that allows students this opportunity. Steinbeck was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature for his “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” Steinbeck had been nominated numerous times for his body of work: Of Mice and Men (1937),The Red Pony (1945), The

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  • Make Leading Productive Math Discussions a Cinch!

    on Jul 30, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Mathematics • with Comments

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    Can you remember a time when you asked a question during math class, intending to start a productive math discussion on a topic you went over as a class, and noticed that you only saw the hands of your frequent contributors? What do you do when only 15% of your class actually contributes to the learning environment? You come up with a different method of communicating as a class! When Stenhouse Publishers offered me a copy of their book, Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions, so that I could review it

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  • What’s More Important: A Degree Or Experience?

    on Jul 30, 15 • in Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    Several districts in Kansas have decided to employ non-certified teachers to place in classrooms. I am torn between thoughts on this being wrong or right. The educated teacher in me says no way! Teachers who are responsible for the education of others should be educated themselves. They should go through the ropes of being disciplined enough to have a four-year degree that has taught them classroom management, appropriate techniques, pedagogy and above all, self-discipline and responsibility. However, as a parent of two kids in college, I would have to rethink my understanding of today’s higher

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  • The Conspiracy Against Public Education

    on Jul 29, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Policy • with Comments

    Why july is the best month to be a teach

    It began innocently enough. I read a headline…just a headline…about Texas governor Greg Abbott appointing Republican State Board of Education member Donna Bahorich as President of the Board. Bahorich is a Christian extremist who home-schooled her children, and despite the fact that 94% of Texas children go to public school, apparently Abbott feels that this is the kind of leadership the PUBLIC School Board needs. That headline was the edge of a rabbit hole that I tripped right into…one that seemingly contains endless attacks on public schools. As a public teacher, I am well aware of

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