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Opinion: Deliver Us from the Biden Administration’s Focus on Testing During a Pandemic

By |2021-02-25T10:25:49-05:00February 25th, 2021|Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Current Events in Education, Instruction & Curriculum|

While working from home, I quite often have Spotify playing in the background when one of my favorite favorites came on -- Deliver Us from Prince of Egypt.   With the sting of the whip on my shoulder With the salt of my sweat on my brow Elohim, God on high, can you hear your people [...]

Navigating Your Administration: Five Tips From a Teacher's Perspective

By |2016-11-01T14:38:07-04:00February 1st, 2013|Featured, Uncategorized|

To the frustrated, tired, spread-too-thin public (and private) school teacher, communicating with and understanding the dynamics of your administrative team--or your single administrator--can be one of the most difficult parts of the job, even in a best-case scenario. I have worked for excellent administrators and those that... weren't as easy to work with. I will not seek [...]

Why The Fight Against Critical Race Theory is Rooted In America History

By |2021-06-12T11:58:45-04:00June 11th, 2021|Instruction & Curriculum|

The masses of teachers aren’t teaching Critical Race Theory. Roughly 80% of teachers in the United States are white – I can almost guarantee you that they’re not teaching Critical Race Theory. Many of them are uncomfortable teaching about enslavement, do you think they’d be comfortable, let alone knowledgeable, enough to teach Critical Race Theory? [...]

English in America: Is English Really our “Official” Language in Schools?

By |2021-05-25T13:14:09-04:00May 26th, 2021|English Language Learners, Instruction & Curriculum, Languages|

English, the "Official" American Language  Although the United States does not have an official language, everyone knows that English is the language of the land. Despite our history of multilingual immigrants who later became Americans, English has always been the "American language."  Our school system has reinforced this idea and has caused many challenges for [...]

Would Education Collapse If Teachers Stopped Working for Free?

By |2021-05-20T12:56:00-04:00May 20th, 2021|Ask a Teacher, Confessions of a Teacher, COVID-19, Do The Work, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Teacher Self Care, Teacher Self-Care Conference|

On Friday, the science teacher on my team rolled past my door on Friday afternoon. In hand – or on wheels, rather – were 2 carts full of spirit wear that she and her student council members created, sold, and distributed. “Only crazy people come back to school on Fridays.” When our school’s nurse retired [...]

Reinventing Pandemic Schooling: More than Making Lemonade from Lemons 

By |2021-05-07T16:16:28-04:00May 7th, 2021|Coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, Current Events in Education|

Dr. Helen Hoffman is a veteran teacher, author, and advocate for better schools. With 30 years of teaching at both the high school and college level, Helen’s mission is to shape the future of education by helping teachers create school experiences that are more engaging, enjoyable, and purposeful than our current ones. Her new book, [...]

At My Breaking Point: An Interview With An Educator Who Nearly Quit

By |2021-04-26T00:55:33-04:00April 26th, 2021|Confessions of a Teacher, Instruction & Curriculum|

At My Breaking Point: One Educator Reflects This year has pushed so many educators to their breaking points. One of the most passionate, creative, and loving teachers I know very nearly quit her job. She’s an English Language Arts and reading specialist at a Title 1 middle school in a rural, coastal town in Washington. [...]

White House Infrastructure Bill: What it Means for Equitable Education

By |2021-03-31T11:40:05-04:00March 31st, 2021|Current Events in Education, Equity, From the Front Lines|

Just two months into Joe Biden’s Presidency and one COVID-19 relief bill later, there are talks of a substantial infrastructure bill from administration insiders. The bill, which hopes to bring job opportunities to countless Americans, includes provisions related to climate change, pharmaceutical drug affordability, and childcare. The provisions that would have perhaps the most profound [...]