Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • 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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  • Are you a leader or a follower?…On Twitter.

    on Sep 12, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Confessions of a Teacher, Opinion, Policy, Technology • with Comments


    Are you a leader or a follower?  Me?  I’m a follower, and my students and I are very happy about that.  When I say I am a follower, I mean on Twitter.  I love Twitter.  I would not have said this a few years ago, because I thought Twitter was just a constant Facebook status.  Who needs to see a Facebook status updated in real-time?  I never really cared about people telling me they were buying a latte, working out at the gym, checking in to a sporting event, or even taking pictures of themselves

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  • 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

    courtesy edudemic

    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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