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

By |2016-11-01T14:38:07+00:00February 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 [...]

5 Things We Need to Know About The L.A. Teacher’s Strike

By |2019-01-16T19:11:45+00:00January 16th, 2019|Instruction&Curriculum|

  ______________________________________________________________________ Due to the actions of teachers across the country last year, especially in Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Kentucky, many have called 2018 "The Year Of The Teacher." But 2019 might just see a wave of "Red For Ed," as teachers in one of the largest school districts stage a significant strike involving over [...]

America Already has a wall, it’s made up of teachers.

By |2019-01-10T22:43:47+00:00January 10th, 2019|Instruction&Curriculum|

I debated whether to encourage my sophomore Global History students to watch President Trump's address on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Since 2016, it has been difficult to navigate how to incorporate civics and current events into my social studies classroom.  I desire student awareness, but I am concerned that any discussion of his speech, or [...]

10 Teacher Resolutions for 2019

By |2019-01-08T11:42:40+00:00January 8th, 2019|Social Justice|

Happy 2019! I know that for most teachers the "new year" begins on the first day of teaching in either August or September.  However, the calendar does not lie--2018 is history--it's January 2019, the midpoint of the teaching year, which offers an opportunity for reflection.  In my school district the year 2020 is the focus year [...]

Teacher Attendance Does Matter, but I Still Unapologetically Take Days Off at My School

By |2018-12-21T16:28:21+00:00December 21st, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|

Yesterday, my fellow Indy K12 writer David McGuire Wrote, “Teacher Attendance Matters.”  As a school principal, I know he is under pressure to ensure his students receive the best education.  The heart of his piece was to emphasize how teacher absences can bring challenges to schools including student achievement.  Teaching is one of the professions [...]

The Importance of Communication For IEP Students and Parents

By |2018-08-03T01:19:47+00:00August 3rd, 2018|10 Ways to Fix Education, Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Child Development, Classroom Leadership, College and Career, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, From the Front Lines, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Management, Middle School, New Teacher Bootcamp, Parents, Principals' Corner, Special Education, Teacher Self Care, The Educator's Room, The State of Education, The Student Teacher Diaries, The Whole Teacher Movement|

I realize that I am a little on the eccentric side. I like it there, without the boundaries and regiment of the real world. And since I see things from a different perspective than most I also enjoy some things that many teachers find to be less enjoyable. One of those things being IEP meetings. [...]

[Opinion] Barack Obama: A Role Model for Teachers and Students

By |2018-07-19T22:59:57+00:00July 19th, 2018|10 Ways to Fix Education, Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Classroom Leadership, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, From the Front Lines, High School, history, Home Schooling 101, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Instructional Strategies, Journalism, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Professional Development, School Improvement, social justice, Social Studies, Teacher Self Care, The Educator's Room, The New Teacher Chronicles, The State of Education, Writing|

America and the World Today It has been a difficult week for America and the world. American leadership in the world seems to be collapsing as nations considered to be our allies are criticized and nations thought to be adversarial are applauded as friends. The old world order established after World War II where the [...]

Affirmative Action at the Crossroads: Which Direction will the Supreme Court Go?

By |2018-07-08T18:28:36+00:00July 8th, 2018|10 Ways to Fix Education, Adult Learning, Classroom Leadership, Current Events in Education, education blogging, From the Front Lines, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Journalism, Legal, Life After High School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Professional Development, Responsive Classroom, Social Justice, The Educator's Room, The State of Education, Writing|

Affirmative Action: Remedy or Racist? Recent actions by the Trump Administration and the pending resignation of Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court have brought into question the status of affirmative action, the set of federal policies instituted by John F. Kennedy to counteract centuries of discrimination against specific minorities in American society. Affirmative action was [...]