Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Trusting Teachers Creates Truly Successful Schools

    on Sep 1, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy • with Comments

    Beyond the Jitters_

    I am lucky. As these final days of summer tick away, I find myself, like many teachers, preparing to return to my classroom: reviewing curriculum, revamping lessons, and revving my recharged engines. However, I’m not doing this on my own. I have the fortune of working in a collaborative, creative environment with teachers from around the Portland Metro area who have come together with the sole intent of creating engaging curriculum that supports emerging writers. Sounds great, right? I started attending the Oregon Writing Project’s weeklong curriculum camps about seven years ago when my district

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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


    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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  • Snip, Snip, Snip: What are we Really Cutting When We Cut Educational Spending?

    on Aug 21, 15 • in Featured, Policy • with Comments


      The economy is still in critical condition and when the economy is poor, corners have to be cut financially. Education suffers just as much as the rest of the nation. Many politicians and policy makers think education should be cut because we do not produce a “product.” We all know that  budget cuts made to the educational system only hurt the children. When our children suffer, our future suffers, and then ultimately, our nation suffers. When education spending is cut, that usually means cutting teachers. When that happens, individualized attention is cut because class sizes

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  • Keeping The Yearly Handouts Organized, Especially For New Students & Parents

    on Aug 21, 15 • in Policy • with Comments

    Advice For ESOL Teachers_ Professional-3

    I have been getting ready for Parent Orientation for the past week. Our orientation consists of meeting with the parents to go over the school handbook, school contract, school calendar and answer any questions that the adults may have. Then the adults meet with the teacher that their child will have and the teacher will go over his or her classroom expectations, projects, due dates and overall classroom information for the year. And answer a ton more questions. It’s an exhausting day for everyone involved, but necessary in order for everyone to be on the

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