6 Ways for Teachers to Earn Some Extra Money From Home

It's the summer and many teachers are thankful for a short break to recalibrate and refocus for the upcoming school year. We are no longer confined to using the restroom in under 30 seconds or eating lunch in 20 minutes. We have actual time to plan and execute our plans for the upcoming year. Despite [...]

Losing Sleep Over Charlotte… Danielson, That Is.

It was my first year back to public school.  I had spent so many years in alternative ed, special ed, charter and private schools, and I thought this might be my road to retirement.  Until I met Charlotte.  Actually, I didn't so much meet her as I was hit over the head by her Framework [...]

The Bathroom Battle Is Coming to Your School – Are You Ready?

When the U.S. Dept. of Education issued its "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students," it essentially asserted that transgender bathroom rights will be an issue that schools are expected to solve. This upcoming fall will no doubt make school bathrooms a boiling issue. Will you be ready for it? Schools have not been asked to take up a rights' issue of this magnitude since Brown [...]

Google Classroom Part 3: First Year Reflections

I surveyed 42 of my juniors for this article.  The questionnaire asked them to comment on benefits and frustrations with Google Classroom and Google Apps. Every student agreed that they felt more connected to students and curriculum by using Google Classroom.  Most students said they preferred to virtually collaborate because of convenience, connection to teacher, [...]

How Humility Is Hurting Teachers

A favorite education professor probably told you that being humble is a trait of an effective teacher. They probably read a 2011 ASCD article about "what makes for an effective teacher" and shared it with their students. They probably also shared the notion that a great teacher continually puts others ahead of themselves. Dave Stuart, Jr. [...]