Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Meet the Parents: A Young Teacher’s Back to School Night

    on Aug 28, 14 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments

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    When people find out I teach high school, they often reply with some surprise, “but you look like a high school student yourself!” I sigh, they tell me I’ll be thankful for my youthful appearance as I get older, and we move on – but through these interactions, I am constantly reminded of the additional work I need to do to build legitimacy and authority as an instructor. And there is no clearer time when I pressure myself to this point than during Back to School Night (BTSN). It is one thing to have to

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  • The Traveling Teacher: Bermuda A Lovely Place to Life and Teach

    on Aug 27, 14 • in From the Front Lines, Policy, The Traveling Teacher • with Comments


    The Traveling Teacher is a column that highlights teachers who educate children overseas. If you want to submit a piece for consideration, please send us an email at  By: O’Shandah Lightbourne  How I became to teach in Bermuda is quite simple actually; I am a citizen of Bermuda! Yes, I am a born and bred Bermudian, in other words.   My journey into teaching started back as a youngster. I was always the one who could get my friends to do whatever I wanted. My teachers would often remark that I am a natural

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  • 7 Ways to Prepare for the New School Year as a Special Education Teacher

    on Aug 26, 14 • in Policy • with Comments

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    Guest Staff Writer: Teresa Cooper   Teachers everywhere are clamoring to prepare for the impending arrival of students. The teacher workdays often get filled with required workshops and meetings, so we must prioritize our time with the most essential items to ensure we’re prepared as much as possible. The fact is, we will only get done what we get done, and the rest will fall into place later. A lot goes into preparing for students in those vital days before school begins. So while you’re setting up your room, make sure you take care of

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  • A Profession for My Generation

    on Aug 19, 14 • in Policy, Recruitment & Retention, Series • with Comments


    This op-ed originally appeared in the Memphis-based Commercial Appeal on August 3rd, 2014: I have a confession: Halfway through my second year of teaching, I was questioning whether teaching was really the right career for me. I was putting in countless hours in my Memphis high school, but my progress as an educator felt much slower than I wanted. My kids were meeting or exceeding their goals on state tests, but I wasn’t seeing much recognition for the work I was doing outside the walls of my classroom. I often found myself asking: Is teaching

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  • Propaganda Used in Campbell Brown’s Attack on Teacher Tenure

    on Aug 18, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Policy • with Comments


    When I teach Animal Farm by George Orwell I have the opportunity to teach propaganda techniques. I provide the students with the definitions and examples of several different types of propaganda techniques. Then, as we read, I have them find these techniques in the novel.  Students also find and share propaganda in advertisements they see in other media, on TV or on the web. The New World Encyclopedia states, “The aim of propaganda is to actively influence people’s opinions, rather than to merely communicate the facts about something.” Former news anchor Campbell Brown has been very vocal in actively trying to influence

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