Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • A Light to Turn On

    on Oct 27, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments


    Little people. That is whom I teach. I have a room full of loud, curious, eager, fidgety little people who I must teach Reading, Math, English, Social Studies, Science, critical thinking, social skills and personal hygiene to in 170 days. State Department of Education, eat your heart out. It is a privilege to be trusted with this large task. I don’t take it lightly. I know that I have a very large role to fill and I know that I have the support of parents. But what about those of you who don’t have the

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  • The Working Hours of a Special Education Teacher

    on Oct 23, 14 • in Confessions of a Teacher, From the Front Lines, Special Education • with Comments


    Special education teachers work hard. People see smaller class sizes and equate that with less work, but that’s a fallacy. I can tell you that in my small class, I’m planning three different lessons and within those three lessons, I’m modifying within levels. In my inclusion classes, I modify assignments, and teachers look at it like it takes just a few minutes, but sometimes I create modifications and it takes time to do that. So the inclusion teacher might create the lesson plan, but then I must plan for the small percentage children in the room

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  • Going Against the Flow: Student Self Worth

    on Oct 21, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments

    Young Student Ready To Study

    I view my ‘job’ as an educator as so much more than just focusing on academics. So many times I act as nurse, counselor, mother and friend first, then teacher. Some of the most important skills that children will take with them through life extend far past reading, writing and arithmetic. I had the opportunity last Friday to help a student realize the power of a skill that has been instilled in him for the past several years: the skill of standing up for himself and letting another student know that he wasn’t going to

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  • Sparking Class Discussions with One Simple Question

    on Oct 20, 14 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Professional Development • with Comments


    Guest Writer: Arpine Ovsepyan, M.A. “What did you learn in class today?” This is a simple question that helps open the door for thought-provoking classroom discussions, serves as a formative assessment, and provides closure to a lesson. For a little over two years, I have made the commitment to never end a class without asking this question because I was finding that although students would work diligently to complete assignments in my English class, they were never given an opportunity to share their insights with their peers. Too often, I observed classrooms where the teacher

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  • The Loneliness of the Post College New Teacher

    on Oct 20, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy • with Comments

    exhausted teacher

    “The weekends are the hardest.” a young, new coworker friend of mine said, “I think I’ll get another dog, it’s too lonely.” I remember reading somewhere that some of the loneliest people in the world are those of the newly graduated college student, and it seemed that my young, coworker friend was no different. It made sense to me as my own children were at the end of their college days and embarking on a brave new world of their career choices.   My kids managed to survive this time of their lives fairly easily as they basically stayed in

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