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 [...]
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I have fielded this question from family, friends, and neighbors. It is a simple question. I have been teaching social studies for over twenty-five years, so I should offer a concise answer. However, the question makes me stammer and equivocate. I find myself thinking and sometimes saying the following: "It's weird." "I hate every minute [...]
In true fashion, Donald Trump took to Twitter today to let the world know that a new Coronavirus relief package wouldn't come until after the November 3rd election. This decision has the possibility of being a hurdle to the thousands of K-12 schools who are depending on the aid from Washington to operate during the [...]
It wasn’t enough that teachers were encouraged to go back to their classrooms during the height of the pandemic. It wasn’t enough that we were deemed essential workers to further a political agenda. And it wasn’t enough that our Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, pushed schools to reopen while continuing to provide absolutely zero leadership [...]
Although it’s been a rough start to the 20-2021 school year for most school districts in the United States, school districts are still required to meet the service needs of their special education students. Under IDEA, the Bible for Special Services, also known as the Individuals with Disabilities Act, denotes in detail what our special [...]
Guest Writer: Dolisha Mitchell As a teacher, we all know we tend to spend an unhealthy amount of time at school. Early mornings and late afternoons become the theme for each school year. Every year we tell ourselves we’ll have a better work-life balance, but fall victim to those old habits. Before you know it [...]
Absolutely necessary; extremely important; crucial; necessary; key; vital; indispensable; needed; required; vitally important; critical; life-and-death; imperative; mandatory; compulsory; obligatory; compelling; urgent; pressing; burning; acute; paramount; preeminent;high-priority; significant; consequential. These words describe the word essential. Notice how many words are employed to define a single word. Anthropologists note that the higher a term is valued, the [...]
Guest Writer: Callie LaBarbera On Friday at 11:30 a.m. I stared at my cellphone willing the alert that our Governor was live to pop up on my screen. In NYS, I was not alone in doing this. Parents and teachers alike sat with bated breath waiting to hear if the Governor would give us the [...]
Guest Writer: Maya El-Darzi Maya El-Darzi has a bachelor's degree in both political science and history, as well as a master's degree in history and teaching. Maya currently teaches World and US History at a local high school. Security guards, cameras, and inflexible discipline codes - these elements constitute the zero-tolerance behavioral policy schools have [...]
Opinion: The White House Just Gave My School 8 Recommendations for Reopening Schools During COVID-19. Here’s Mine.
By Thomas Courtney President Donald J. Trump just declared that teachers and students should go back to school and he gave us eight pieces of advice--may be to help swallow this magical pill. For a national symptom that in his fumbling idiocy he caused in at least part, and for which he takes no responsibility. [...]