About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.


Work-Home-263x3004. 6 Ways to Stop Taking Work Home to Your Family by Franchesca Warren

If someone told me 11 years ago that I could still be a teacher and not take home any papers to grade, lesson plans to write, or parents to call, I would never have believed them. How can teachers not take any work home? That’s part of the unwritten portions of a teacher contract of being a teacher– to be willing to work long hours for which you are hardly ever reimbursed. So just like I described in Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout, I almost worked myself into a nervous breakdown after only teaching for five years. But about  6 years ago, I had an epiphany of sorts one night as I graded 150 essays debating the guilt in the cult classic The Crucible. It was eleven o’clock and I HAD to have the essays back to the kids within a week.  However, due to all of the mistakes I was finding in the papers,  I had only graded  ten in a three hour period.

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