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  • As Education Resources Dwindle, So Do Quality Teachers

    on Sep 2, 15 • in Educational Reform, Featured, Policy • with Comments

    Because We Know-2

    More and more quality teachers and administrators are resigning from positions they’ve held for years in the state of North Carolina. I suspect the same holds true for schools in many locations around the United States as education funding fails to meet the needs of children and those who teach them. Continuing to work for a state that does not respect the job we do every day seems like lunacy. Education resources dwindle while the needs of our children fail to decrease or fail to rise fast enough to keep pace with society. Many of

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  • Principals, Here’s What Your Teachers Need From You

    on Sep 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    The trials of junior year-2

    I’ve been pretty fortunate – in my 10 years in the classroom, I’ve had some standup and stalwart principals. Beginning with my principal during student-teaching and all the way through my current principal, I’ve come to learn three important characteristics that are present in all great school leaders: Great principals have an open door policy – and it’s used by the staff Principals are pulled into so many conversations, discussion, and issues, that it can become unbearable within the first few days on the job. Anybody who is exposed to that much concern, negativity, and

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  • 4 Rules For Back to School Night Success

    on Sep 1, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments

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    By TER author Jennifer Wolfe Even after 25 years of teaching middle school, I still get Back To School Night jitters. There’s something about standing in front of a group of adults who are trusting you to educate their child, help them become more literate, and prepare them for their first year of high school that makes me feel just a little bit on edge. And as always, at the end of the night I usually feel great if I’ve followed my own four basic rules for Back To School Night Success: Rule #1: Smile

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  • Pulling Back the Curtain: The Realities of Teaching

    on Aug 31, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines • with Comments

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    “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” stammered The Great and Powerful Oz upon his discovery in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.  Oz ran the dream city as an ordinary man, yet was seen as all-powerful by his city. But when the curtain was pulled back the real conversations began. Teachers today do more than ever before.  Gone is the time of teaching a unit, testing your students then recording the grades and moving on.  There seems to be an illusion, created mainly by those outside of education, about today’s teachers.  In my

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  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The Math and Reading Versions

    on Aug 30, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    In school math was a subject I approached with trepidation. I usually was the last kid in class asking my teacher to check my problems so that I could continue my homework when I was at home. Here at The Educator’s Room, we’ve written about math instruction intensively especially with the introduction of new tests based on math supported by the Common Core. According to The New York Times, New York State reported that just 22 percent of the eighth graders who took this year’s Common Core-aligned math test received a passing mark. Take a moment and

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