Budget Cuts? Don’t Take It Out On The Teachers – Or The Students

I spent the day today working with professional educators.  This group of experienced teachers gathered to learn more about mentoring those just entering our profession.  Technically, we’re there to participate in the California teacher credentialing program, which requires beginning teachers to partner with experienced support providers. But while I was sitting there, learning about learning-focused [...]

The Reality Conundrum: What We Know Works vs. What We are Required To Do

The reality is this: what we know works and what we are required to do as teachers often don't align. The conundrum is how to choose. We want to choose what we know is best for our students 100% of the time. Sadly, our institutional inertia and regulation and testing means that too often isn't possible. [...]

A Broken Teacher Evaluation System

About this time last year, I comforted a co-worker after her first post-observation “conversation.” The principal had berated her without allowing my co-worker to defend her lesson plan. Just a few weeks earlier, I had been the target of a post-observation meeting. The principal claimed that my lesson plan was ineffective and not “best practices,” even [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Professional Development, Recruitment & Retention|1 Comment

Stress and Mess: Deliberate Practice and Professional Obligation — Part II

In Part I of this collaboration, some of the sources of teacher stress are described. The growing obligations, the expanding roles, the duties assigned to/taken on by/falling into the laps of teachers are growing. At the same time, respect for the profession and the people committed to it needs to be renewed and reinforced. Here [...]

Revamping Your Resume for a Career Change

Almost three years ago, I wrote an article entitled, "Jobs For Teachers Who Leave the Profession" about the various jobs teachers could do outside of being in the classroom. After being shared over 1,000,000 times, I figured we should do an update about HOW teachers can transition into jobs that seem unattainable for a teacher. Over [...]