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  • Teacher Professionalism (With a Twist of Occasional Humor)

    on Sep 15, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments


    I once read a quote that said, “People think I’m crazy, but I like to think of myself as normal with a twist of awesome!” Because I have an outgoing, flowery personality, I honestly feel that some people DO think I’m crazy, but the way I look at it is that someday I’ll be six feet under and I’d like to think that before I die, I’ve had some grins and giggles along the way. So, yes, I do have a fun outlook on life, but when it comes to teaching I had to ask myself, “Where does my job

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  • Dealing With Death

    on Sep 15, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Parents • with Comments


    My husband has been a high school teacher for twelve years. During his fifth year, several of his students from the soccer team were killed in a car accident. The driver lost control of his car, went through a barrier, flipped the jeep and landed in a ravine full of water. A few years later, another student was killed on the train tracks by the high school. The latest was four years ago when a student was killed by a drunk driver. I had just met this student at prom of that year where my

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  • All Professions Deserve Summers Off

    on Sep 13, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments


    It’s amazing how many non-teacher Americans get angry, frustrated, and even downright rude about a teacher’s summer. When June comes around, so follows resentment. The vitriol is then repeated in late August when students report back to school. But here’s the thing – these people need to channel their criticisms towards producing a greater cultural shift. Yes, everyone should have their own version of a teacher’s summer. Every year. “No Vacation Nation” Why? America has been labeled the “No Vacation Nation.” Forbes Magazine supports that by noting we’re the only industrialized country that doesn’t have government mandated vacation. In

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  • A Call for National History Day

    on Sep 10, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Social Studies • with Comments


    All teachers search for that moment when what you do in the classroom raises administrators’ eyebrows, students’ hopes, and the goosebumps on our own skin. These pivotal moments in our interconnected lives show us – emotionally – that our job is more than just worksheets and pencil sharpeners; it’s changing lives. One of the most remarkable changes I’ve seen come into place has been through the National History Day program. Since so many people, including social studies teachers, don’t know much about it, this article will hopefully spell out some of what it is and what

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  • Who is your +1? An EdCamp Inspiration

    on Sep 9, 14 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    EdCamp Sacramento was one of the most informative and collaborative conferences I have never attended. That is correct, I said I never attended. I live in Atlanta, GA, and I did not have the luxury or knowledge about this amazing educational workshop experience. Like many teachers on Twitter, I have heard of the EdCamp experiences.  I’ve heard they are inspiring and fantastic forms of professional development.  I’ve heard one can learn from motivated and inspirational educators from as close as just around the corner to teachers that drove over 100 miles to get to the

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