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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 [...]

Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget

By |2019-05-18T14:21:13-04:00May 18th, 2019|Confessions of a Teacher, Elementary, Instruction & Curriculum, Teacher Burnout, The New Teacher Chronicles|

I have a teacher confession to make. I failed him. Not “gave him an F” failed him but failed him as a young man. A student with a future ahead of him, someone who could one day be a father, a councilman, or even president. But I failed him. It was my second year as [...]

Activists Are Needed in Education

By |2019-05-13T06:24:34-04:00May 13th, 2019|College and Career, Current Events in Education, How to Fix Education, Opinion, School Improvement, Social Justice|

The year: 1980 Activists in education are needed now more than ever. I was thirteen years old when I saw this coming. A smug ex-actor with Brylcreemed hair dropped a condescending line in a presidential debate. That isn't a big deal by itself, especially when you consider how low the presidential decency bar currently is. [...]

Is Your Teaching Experience an Abusive Relationship?

By |2019-04-15T10:15:04-04:00April 15th, 2019|Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines|

I know the title is a heavy one, but it’s a thought I’ve had since I started in this profession. I am in an abusive relationship with teaching. I know this isn’t everyone’s story. I see teachers all over Instagram discussing the love and dedication they have for their schools. Their leadership is great. Their [...]

OPINION: What if Betsy DeVos is not wrong about everything? The case for more choices in K-12 education.

By |2019-04-03T10:49:01-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Charter Schools, Current Events in Education, High School, School Improvement|

The U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, and I do not see the world the same way.  She is interested in privatizing education to support an agenda where parents can use public monies to attend private (mostly religious, mostly Christian) schools.  DeVos and her allies have supported charter schools, which have diverted much-needed resources from public [...]

Your Testimony is Your Teacher Self-Care

By |2019-03-04T09:11:58-04:00February 21st, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|

Anleeta Eaton-Buchanan     Each day, I would get that dreaded, daily, routine question from a colleague, “How are you doing today?”  And without hesitation, I would muster up a smile, say “fine,” and if I am really feeling myself, I’d add a clever anecdote or synopsis of my weekend. Boom. I have no issues or problems, [...]