Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • Meet the Parents: A Young Teacher’s Back to School Night

    on Aug 28, 14 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments

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    When people find out I teach high school, they often reply with some surprise, “but you look like a high school student yourself!” I sigh, they tell me I’ll be thankful for my youthful appearance as I get older, and we move on – but through these interactions, I am constantly reminded of the additional work I need to do to build legitimacy and authority as an instructor. And there is no clearer time when I pressure myself to this point than during Back to School Night (BTSN). It is one thing to have to

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  • The Traveling Teacher: Bermuda A Lovely Place to Life and Teach

    on Aug 27, 14 • in From the Front Lines, Policy, The Traveling Teacher • with Comments


    The Traveling Teacher is a column that highlights teachers who educate children overseas. If you want to submit a piece for consideration, please send us an email at  By: O’Shandah Lightbourne  How I became to teach in Bermuda is quite simple actually; I am a citizen of Bermuda! Yes, I am a born and bred Bermudian, in other words.   My journey into teaching started back as a youngster. I was always the one who could get my friends to do whatever I wanted. My teachers would often remark that I am a natural

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  • Going Back to School Renewed and Empowered, Not Burnt Out

    on Aug 27, 14 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines • with Comments

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    By  Guest Writer: Arpine Ovsepyan Back-to-school season is officially here. Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and administrators say good-bye to the carefree summer days and hello to the structure and routine of school. As you prepare for this transition, it is vital to take some time and reflect on how to make this a season of renewal and empowerment—not burnout. Too often, I see beginning and veteran teachers reach a plateau in their instructional practices because they have grown accustomed to old habits that do little to challenge them or their students. Having worked as

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  • It’s August: Better to Get to Work on those Summer Work Packets!

    on Aug 11, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Parents • with Comments


    “Ancora imparo. [I am still learning.]“ ― Michelangelo, at age 87 in 1562 In the United States, students will spend 96 weeks or collectively about two years of their academic life in summer vacation days. There is tradition of “taking a break” associated with summer vacation, yet, there is a growing body of research on the adverse impact of summer vacation on student learning.  Many researchers refer to the achievement damage done as the “summer slide,” especially for urban communities. So what do some teachers do to counter this effect? At the beginning of summer, students are sent home

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  • Freedom In The Classroom

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    Owning a school may sound like an easy way to avoid all of the messy paperwork that goes along with education, but it really means that the paperwork just changes routes. Instead of serving the district or the State Department, I am accountable to a higher entity: Parents and families. Summers are spent not only writing lesson plans, which I redo every year since I have students who stay with me for several consecutive years, but also getting all of my paperwork in place for Parent Orientation, conference times, all activities and field trips and

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