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The 2017–2018 school year has brought new opportunities for this veteran teacher, including the challenge of advising the Umoja Step Team, a cultural dance group at the suburban high school where I teach. During the subsequent months of November and December 2017, the students demonstrated commitment and dedication beyond my expectations. more here

I stopped using the word “respect” in my class almost immediately when I entered the classroom 20 years ago; and have been preaching against its use ever since. I have had the opportunity to present classroom management seminars around the country and begin the day with the phrase, “I hate the word ‘respect’.”Read more here.

Among education writers, I am most known for my piece, “Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools. Currently, this piece has been read more than 650,000 times.  This piece struck a chord with educators around the country because the reality is many teachers are not happy working in their current school environment and although the principal has a huge impact on the school, there are additional factors to consider…Read more here.

I have been thinking more about the moral imperatives of teaching. These imperatives can hinder instruction and progress. That’s why the only option is to address and hopefully resolve them. They are moral imperatives because it’s wrong to not handle them. . ..…Read more.



Donald Trump Isn’t the Problem…The U.S. Education System Is

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

When You Can't Repeat the President's Words... Last week The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump had an issue with immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries coming to the United States. You probably [...]

Commentary: I am Wasting my Time Teaching about “Shithole” Countries!

January 14th, 2018|1 Comment

From The Washington Post... “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. Trump then suggested that the United [...]

The Pastor and the President: Race in the American Classroom Today

January 14th, 2018|1 Comment

I am writing on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, 2018 not just as a social studies teacher, but as an American citizen. I am a pastor’s kid, so I grew up hearing [...]

Let’s Embrace the Move to Standards-Based Grading

January 14th, 2018|1 Comment

When my Principal mentioned that we would start the move towards Standards-Based grading next year, all I saw were looks of horror on most teachers’ faces. Look, I get it. Change is hard. Super hard. [...]

In Defense of Middle School

January 14th, 2018|2 Comments

By Sarah Mattie When I tell people I teach middle school (grades 6-8), the response is always the same: “Ugh! They’re the worst! You must be a very special person. I could never do that [...]

Extinguish the Flame and Stop Burning the Midnight Oil

January 14th, 2018|1 Comment

Educators are notorious for arriving at school early and staying way past the end of the school day.  Even the weekends aren’t off limits.  Some work in their classrooms part of Saturday and return on [...]

Teacher Self-Care: Great Tips PLUS A Hyperdoc To Share!

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

How often do you think about self-care? At the beginning of the year? During grading periods when you're stressed out and wondering why you're teaching? When you've had a fabulous weekend/day/month off and you think [...]

You’re Engaged! Now What? (Classroom Engagement)

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Planning During Your Engagement Where will the venue be? The Plaza in NY? The Biltmore in NC? No, those are both too expensive and extravagant. Let's get back on task. You're engaged, but are your [...]

Don’t Be Tooled by Your Technology

January 14th, 2018|1 Comment

Technology can be a tool, but also a trap The tools technology has brought to education can come with conveniences and learning opportunities. For example, many classrooms in my district, if not most, now have [...]

Teaching: Taking on the Moral Imperatives (Part II)

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

So now you're fierce, are you? Fierce like, how? For Part II, I want to talk more about being fierce. It's not just standing up against the onslaught of union-bashing and data mashing designed to [...]

I am Ms. Deyshia Hargrave

January 11th, 2018|7 Comments

And so are the 3.2 million public school teachers across America. Picture of Ms. Deyshia Hargrave in the Rene A. Rost Middle School Yearbook, 2017-2018   On Monday, January 8, 2018, Ms. Deyshia [...]

Love is a Battlefield: Building Relationships with Your Students

January 7th, 2018|1 Comment

Love is a battlefield If “love Is a battlefield”, then the classroom is a tennis court! Cue Pat Benatar. We love our students, but not all of them the same—let’s just face it. That wouldn’t [...]

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