Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • Advice For ESOL Teachers: Professional Development with “Speaking In Tongues”

    on Jul 6, 15 • in ESOL, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy, Professional Development • with Comments

    Advice For ESOL Teachers- Professional

      The 2009 documentary Speaking In Tongues is a fascinating look at three bilingual programs in the San Francisco area school system. The film itself depicts the effects of learning and losing language for a variety of families over several generations. Although the film is six years old, the issues it raises are definitely still relevant, given the USA’s continuing struggle to deal with immigration, diversity and multilingual cultures. I co-lead a professional development workshop with this film as a resource and would highly recommend it as a resource for ESOL teachers who are leading

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  • 15 Summer Reads for Teachers

    on Jul 3, 15 • in From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Policy • with Comments

    Book list  for teachers on break

    Ah, summer. The days are long and the possibilities endless. It’s the perfect time to recuperate from a long school year, and look forward to the possibilities and opportunities the new year will afford. It’s also time to relax a little. And what better way to relax than with a great book? I’ve compiled a list of fifteen books I think are “must reads” for teachers–secondary teachers especially.   Fiction – of the YA Lit Variety Winger by Andrew Smith – This is hands down one of my favorite books ever written. It has also

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  • So You Resigned From Teaching. Now What?

    on Jun 17, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments


    Many positions exist out there for teachers who need a new job, but you need to know where to look. When people found out that I had resigned from my job, they immediately asked the question, “So, where are you going?” I had no idea what to tell them because I resigned before even finding a new job. I just shrugged and said, “I don’t know.” I didn’t make a plan, really, other than to find a new job and at that point, I felt too superstitious about the interviews I had completed to tell anyone

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  • 6 Ridiculously Refreshing Summer Relaxation Tips for Teachers

    on Jun 10, 15 • in Ask a Teacher • with Comments

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    The end of the year has finally come and you just finished dancing in the hallway with the other teachers while playing “Celebrate Good Times” on your cell phone. The halls look empty without students and your classroom is nearly cleaned out. You’re so used to stress that you don’t know what to do with yourself once the summer comes. So, what now? Summer should consist of relaxation for the stressed out teacher, but we often spend our summer working instead. We go to workshops. We plan for the next school year. Where’s the break

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  • 6 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Teaching

    on Jun 4, 15 • in Ask a Teacher, Policy, Special Education • with Comments


    If you’re a teacher you know that the saying that “those that can’t do teach” is a complete falsehood. Teaching entails more than just providing instruction, especially if you’re a special education teacher. The pressure to make better test scores while creating content that appeals to multiple intelligences while providing 21st century skills and writing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) can get exhausting. This is especially true if you attempt to get all of this done with no real planning time, because you end up staying up far too late trying to make everything work, from lesson plans

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