Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • Mommy Guilt: One teacher’s perspective

    on Apr 17, 15 • in Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    When you are a teacher there is so much added pressure when you have a child in school. Will they do well? Will you be judged by the teachers teaching your child? Will he behave? Will you have “that” child? Or will you be “that” parent? As a working parent, you already have the guilt of not staying home with your children. We live a time where it does take two to make ends meet and frankly, you just can’t stay at home. There is nothing wrong with that, but it weighs on us. Then add

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  • 8 Things Teachers Wish You Knew

    on Apr 15, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    No “Over” Needed in Whelmed New Teachers(1)

    Everyone knows about teachers. We’ve all been on the receiving end of education. We think we know what it is all about. In fact, most people are not aware of half of what make a teacher. Teachers wish you knew more. Here are some of the things you might be surprised to realize. 1. We are well educated and specialists in our field. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 52 percent of public school teachers have a master’s degree or higher.  Many teachers I know have more than one master’s degree with specializations

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  • Why Schools Should Teach Social Media Etiquette

    on Apr 13, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion, Technology • with Comments

    Real Life Application(2)

    The most arduous day of my education career was a day centered on Facebook. I was completing my principal practicum, and just before my hours were finished, a student made a death threat on that social medium. I spent the day calling an array of high school students to my principal’s office, where I took testimony about what was said but more so about what was typed. Twelve hours and hundreds of pages of notes later, I knew that I no longer wanted to be a principal. But I also quickly came to the belief

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  • Teacher Collaboration: Scaffolding by Grade Levels

    on Apr 6, 15 • in 10 Ways to Fix Education, Common Core, Educator Professionalism, Instruction&Curriculum, Languages, Literacy, Opinion, Policy, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

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    Is your department communicating? It seems like common sense, however, too many times teachers in the same subjects are not communicating from one level to the next. Students shouldn’t have to fill in gaps when they progress within a subject.  Teachers need to move beyond the possessive view of students and begin to collaborate across levels to help students succeed.  How do we avoid a disjointed department or grade level? 1. Communication. Departments and grade levels have to meet at least monthly. Set a department goal. For example, student learning goals, yearly and by graduation.  We

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  • Four Things Teachers Should Try Before Removing a Student

    on Apr 6, 15 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

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    At some point in their career, teachers will have to deal with a student so disruptive that the class can quickly become a nightmare. Perhaps the student talks through the lesson or throws objects in the middle of class. Sometimes, the student teases other classmates, making them uncomfortable. And when it comes to respecting the teacher, the student simply doesn’t. Sadly, teachers can find themselves in a type of purgatory – on the one hand, we are expected to reach and save every child whose footsteps grace our classroom, but on the other, we cannot

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