Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • Principals, Here’s What Your Teachers Need From You

    on Sep 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    The trials of junior year-2

    I’ve been pretty fortunate – in my 10 years in the classroom, I’ve had some standup and stalwart principals. Beginning with my principal during student-teaching and all the way through my current principal, I’ve come to learn three important characteristics that are present in all great school leaders: Great principals have an open door policy – and it’s used by the staff Principals are pulled into so many conversations, discussion, and issues, that it can become unbearable within the first few days on the job. Anybody who is exposed to that much concern, negativity, and

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  • “I’m Her Favorite Student!”

    on Aug 31, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, High School, Literacy, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    Instructional Coaching 101_ You've Just-4

    “I’m her favorite student!” I’ve heard that phrase over and over in the eighteen years I’ve been working around schools and the short seven years of my teaching career. I never deny it, or even acknowledge whether or not it’s true.  I usually just smile and nod, yet students still say it.  Since I’ve heard it a handful of times in the past two weeks, it got me thinking about my attitude in the classroom, because to be perfectly honest, the students that often say that phrase are not necessarily my favorites, in fact, many of them are ones

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  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The Math and Reading Versions

    on Aug 30, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

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    In school math was a subject I approached with trepidation. I usually was the last kid in class asking my teacher to check my problems so that I could continue my homework when I was at home. Here at The Educator’s Room, we’ve written about math instruction intensively especially with the introduction of new tests based on math supported by the Common Core. According to The New York Times, New York State reported that just 22 percent of the eighth graders who took this year’s Common Core-aligned math test received a passing mark. Take a moment and

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  • Finding your Happiness in the Classroom

    on Aug 26, 15 • in From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

    Department meetings-2

    We started school a few weeks ago and I am still getting to know my students. I teach at a small school, around 400 students, so I know faces and names before they come into my classroom. The students know me as well, even before they enter my classroom. You develop a reputation outside of your classroom and like it or not, the students decide whether they like you based on the opinions of the other students, especially high school students. My fourth block informed me of my reputation this past Friday. We were are

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  • Starting the New Year Full of Possibilities

    on Aug 19, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

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    This year is brand new.  If it is your first year or your thirtieth year teaching, it is new.  You have never been in this situation or with these exact set of colleagues or with these kids.   It is easy to see the negativity in education, it is everywhere.  You can ignore the truths about our profession or you can become cynical.  But there is a third choice.  A choice to do what you know is right for children.  A choice to see beauty in the little things, celebrate the learning, and bring your

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