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Many times when you hear about sexual misconduct in a school setting, it involves a school employee having inappropriate contact or making comments of a sexual nature to students.  What we don’t talk about are the students who sexually harass teachers.  This is my twelfth year as an educator.Read more here

Sometimes, I feel like I need a little perspective. Some days, I come home from work exhausted. Especially this week, the week before Thanksgiving Break. Read more here.

A few weeks after my son was born in November 2015, I started thinking differently as a teacher. While I don’t think this applies to everyone, I feel like it did – and continues to – make me a better teacher…….Read more here.

In my early years of teaching, I spent much of my time and energy focused on classroom management. Included in this was teaching students how to have a productive classroom discussion..…Read more.



Teacher Solidarity Matters

December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

One of the pieces of advice I remember from my first year teaching came from a veteran teacher. She told me, “Sweep the snow from your own doorstep, don’t worry about the frost on your [...]

The Second Quarter Blues

December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year are often cited as the most wonderful time of the year... except when they are the worst. In schools that begin around Labor Day, the Second Quarter - [...]

Why Join The Teachers’ Union?

December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

For most of my teaching career, I did not belong to a professional organization, such as a teacher’s union. I always rationalized that with a teacher’s salary, I could not afford the dues. So for [...]

Related Service Professionals Can Ease Teacher Demands

December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Related service professionals are a key component to many students' success in education. For many students who receive special education services, related services, such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or hearing support, are [...]

#MeToo – When Students Sexually Harass Teachers

December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

In 2007,  a black woman named Tarana Burke started the original Me Too movement.  The Me Too Movement empowers victims of sexual assault and harassment to speak out in solidarity.  In 2017, the movement gained [...]

Using “Hamilton: The Musical” in the Classroom

December 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Hamilton in the Classroom Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the Broadway musical Hamilton, the hip-hop and rap production of the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, written [...]

Mrs. Brown, Should I Become a Teacher?

December 10th, 2017|1 Comment

It is the end of a long school day when two former students enter my classroom smiling. My eyes are burning. When not instructing, I have been reading thematic essays. I probably need new eyeglasses, [...]

I Am Not Your Hero: Surviving the Educator’s Savior Complex

December 10th, 2017|1 Comment

I am not Michelle Pfeiffer. I don’t wear leather jackets, and I’m not that thin. I am not Hillary Swank. I do have two jobs, but I don’t wear pearls to school. I am not [...]

The Writing Gap: Why a Renaissance in Writing Instruction is Imperative

December 10th, 2017|2 Comments

"Appositive?” “What is an appositive?” “Is that even a word?” These were snippets of conversations overheard in a teacher’s book study at Liverpool High School, a large, suburban school north of Syracuse, NY. The assembled teachers, [...]

A 3M Philosophy to Be A Great Teacher: Be Meaningful, Measurable, Manageable,

December 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Guest Writer: Archie Wortham, PhD “Never fight unless you have to. Never fight alone. And never fight for long.” This was advice Fox Connor, best remembered as the man who made Eisenhower. Having taught for [...]

Blueprint for Reform: Building the Foundation

December 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Ever since the 2002 reauthorization of ESEA—otherwise known as No Child Left Behind—a day doesn’t pass without talk of education reform.  The media tell us our schools are failing students, our teachers are exhausted, and [...]

Dear Administrators: Don’t Move Ineffective Teachers to a Lower Grade; Help Them Improve

December 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Guest Writer: Shawnta S. Barnes The great school mix up is one strategy elementary principals use to remove ineffective teachers from upper elementary grades, the grades where state standardized tests are taken.  Apparently, moving these [...]

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