Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • Recharging Your Teaching Battery

    on Jul 22, 15 • in Confessions of a Teacher, Opinion, Social Studies, The Traveling Teacher • with Comments

    To somewhere tropical

    I’m standing on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, far away from wifi and cell service and anything familiar at the start of my summer vacation. I’m fascinated with the lighting strikes and thunderstorm moving rapidly along the opposite rim. Amateur photographers snap images in 20 second intervals, trying to capture an unforgettable moment but are careless with their failure. They live in the moment, illegally sleeping and waking all night on the edge of the rim, young, 20 year olds with a sense of hubris and adventure.  Their enthusiasm and excitement for living

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  • Why I Thank GOD For Being a TEACHER

    on Jul 21, 15 • in Adult Learning, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments

    Jeremy Article Pic

    Ko Olina, Hawaii I write these words in the midst of what teachers fantasize about all year: a mid-July Hawaiian vacation with my family. I am currently looking out on a lagoon where early risers are partaking in yoga on the beach and other type A personalities are doing exercises on surf boards in the ocean water. My family is still in the clutches of a sweet vacation slumber that is born of an intentional lack of deadlines, homework, and dogmatic schedules. As I spend my days making sand castles with my children and sauntering

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  • Why July is the BEST MONTH to be a Teacher (It’s Not What You Think!)

    on Jul 8, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Middle School, Opinion • with Comments

    Why july is the best month to be a teach

    Oh July! How I love thee! The previous school year is in the rear-view mirror and thankfully getting smaller by the day. The next school year feels far off and gleefully removed; after all, a school year only becomes real when it has long enough tentacles to plant the birth pangs of stress in my teacher psyche. But in early July nothing can touch me—except for my pool and the stack of books I collect for the other nine months a year. The picture I paint, of course, is the envy of every non-teacher in

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  • Mixing Teaching and Marriage

    on Jul 7, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy theguardian.com

    Love and Marriage is a common topic, but what about Teaching and Marriage? There are many, many things college does not prepare you for when you enter the field of education. One of them is how to balance your personal life with your professional life. Teaching is an all-consuming career and it demands more and more if you let it. One of the most difficult things about a career in education is not the classroom, it is finding a balance between your career and time for your partner. If you are not married to a

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  • Because We Know: The Art of Teaching

    on Jul 7, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    The Art of Teaching

    Teaching is truly a calling.  There is a part somewhere deep inside of teachers that make them a teacher.  It collects, learns and synthesizes what is best for kids.  The research, methods and strategies are only proven tools that allow the heart of the teacher to have these tools use as a vehicle to teach. Companies and government, board members and society have told us how to teach.  They have dictated “good” and “bad” practices.  They have proclaimed what works and what does not work.  But teachers implement these strategies.  Teaching is an art and we know

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