Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • What Am I Thankful For? A Damn Good Public Education

    on Nov 26, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments

    A DAMN Good PUBLIC education-2

    When people ask what one another are thankful for, there are a variety of great answers. Family, is notably and rightfully among the top answers. Many people are thankful for their friends who’ve helped give them guidance. Others are thankful for a home and a place to lie their head, or the food that’s on their table. There are many things to be thankful for this holiday season – but the thing I’m most grateful for is a damn good education. I grew up in an old coal town in Anthracite Pennsylvania, the area that

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  • Don’t Be THAT Teacher: Make a Positive Impact Instead

    on Nov 20, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    It happened the other day. One of my ‘friends’ on Facebook had a birthday. I was wishing her well, on her page, when I noticed another person she was friends with. A former teacher. THAT teacher. I was an excellent student. I was involved in all kinds of extra-curricular activities, was a straight A student, graduated as a Valedictorian. As a young student I wanted to go into journalism. I was a school publications editor-in-chief from eighth grade through eleventh grade. I had aspired to be a reporter or a writer, or possibly even an

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  • Simple Scientific Method For Younger Elementary Grades

    on Nov 4, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments

    mathematics

    My class of first and second graders is working through the scientific method. We have been doing several science experiences a week for the past four weeks. I love how they ‘get it’. Several of my teacher friends think I’m crazy for introducing this concept so early. Those are the same friends who also think I’m crazy for introducing multiplication facts at this level as well. Until the end of the year when they see my kiddos able to do multiplication facts zero through 10 without batting an eye. You’d think they would learn. I have

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  • A Light to Turn On

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

    courtesy gpaeanews.wordpress.com

    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

    smilingteacher

    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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