Transition Time: Finding the Right School Fit Over Summer

Summer means leaving a school for greener pastures for many educators, but how is one to know if the new school is going to be better? Here’s a brief checklist I’ve used during interviews in years past to figure out whether a school is a possible home or a major flop: 1. Outlook and attitude [...]

The Unemployed Teacher: Life After High School

--an installment in the ongoing series The Unemployed Teacher-- I enjoyed a two hour coffee get together with one of my former students the other day.  I was so energized after that meeting – and as I reflected on how proud I was of the path my student had followed after graduating from high school, [...]

High Schools Need Dr. Seuss Time

Normally March 2nd would pass without notice but this year I am embracing the 109th birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss in my high school classroom. Seuss is ageless and timeless. Many elementary school teachers and children's librarians have embraced Read Across America's promotion of "grab your hat and read with the cat"  but high schools [...]

New Directions: An Unemployed Teacher Looks at the Future and Creates a New Personal Brand

I spent most of the first year after my layoff just wanting to go back.  Back to the job I had so passionately loved.  Back to the routine that was so familiar.  Back to the students with whom I felt so at home with.  Back to the career that had been moving along at a sedate but solid pace.  I just wanted to go back. I found a temporary position that first year, which assuaged my longing for the classroom.  It was a challenging position for me, and I grew from it.  But it was temporary and ended with the school year.  At the start of the second school year as an unemployed teacher, my perspective began to change. As previously mentioned, I took several substituting jobs in the first few months of this school year.  The jobs were at my old school – the place where I’d felt so at home for the better part of a decade.  But the subbing was disheartening.  In a building where I had invested so much of my time, energy and passion, I got double takes and confused looks from people who thought they recognized me but didn’t quite remember from where.  Others who I’d worked more closely with said hello but there was none of the old camaraderie.  The difficulty of being back in the halls that no longer welcomed me was an important step for me: I needed to get past the point of wanting to go back so that I could finally go forward. […]

By | January 16th, 2013|Opinion, Teacher Branding, The Unemployed Teacher|5 Comments