Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • 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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  • What Is The Most Important Thing A Teacher Can Ever Do?

    on Oct 21, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    smilingteacher

    “To be endowed with a benevolent disposition, and to love others, will almost infallibly procure love and esteem; which is the chief circumstance in life, and facilitates every enterprise and undertaking; besides the satisfaction, which immediately results from it.” — David Hume, “Of Impudence and Modesty” My youngest daughter, Emma Kate, was born two months premature. Although the doctors were confident in their demeanor and firm in their conviction that she would be “just fine,” on the night she was born I was not allowed to cradle her in my arms. “Premature babies,” I was

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  • Wiggles, Giggles and Learning

    on Oct 14, 14 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    wigglystudent

    The volume level in my classroom is not normal. And by that I mean it’s not silent. Or quiet. Or even remotely close to whispering. My classroom is noisy, busy and sometimes a bit chaotic. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now don’t get me wrong. We do quiet down, and even go silent at appropriate times, like when assignments have been handed out, tests are being given and when we are reading. But my busy bodies of six-and seven-year-olds get to wiggle, giggle and visit to their heart’s content during other times,

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  • Those Quaint Quirks of Kiddos

    on Oct 9, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments

    wigglystudent

    One of my favorite things about being a teacher is overhearing the things that kids say. Even better is hearing the things that parents say at drop off or pick up. I decided to compile a list of funnies from the past two weeks. Some of them leave me giggling randomly through the day, others, well, you tell me. Allow me to set up a few of the activities that are on going in my room. First, I have a selection of animals that I use to demonstrate different science concepts. Those critters include a

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  • Custodial Care: Respecting the Essential Education Support Services

    on Sep 25, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Opinion • with Comments

    custodian tools

    Who are the custodians at your school? Do you know them by name? Do you know their strengths and weaknesses? Are you reliant upon them? The crazy mess with custodial services in Chicago has made national news. Last year the Chicago Board of Education contracted custodial services with Aramark and Sudexo. Sudexo is primarily working at charter schools. Aramark is servicing the remainder of the schools. The complaints of dirty schools have been rampant. Over forty percent of the Chicago Public School principals replied to a survey sent out by AAPLE, a principal activist group

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