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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 [...]

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 [...]

Social Justice and the Ethical Obligation of School Counselors

By |2018-07-06T18:56:30+00:00July 6th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|

As a school counselor, have you thought about approaching controversial topics with your students? Are you nervous? Do you wonder how to address the naysayers? In light of recent events, I have talked to some school counselors who feel nervous or scared to infuse social justice topics throughout their counseling programs. For example, a counselor [...]

Civility in the Classroom and the Rise of American Fascism

By |2018-07-03T01:20:22+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Book Review, Classroom Leadership, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, From the Front Lines, High School, history, Home Schooling 101, Instruction&Curriculum, Interviews, Legal, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Responsive Classroom, Social Justice, Social Studies, Teacher Self Care, Technology, The Educator's Room, The State of Education, Writing|

Setting the Stage I am in a hotel room with three millennials: Grace, 24, Gabriel, 22, Glorie, 20. An argument is raging: How can I be civil with people who support evil? I know that’s harsh. Is your neighbor who voted for Trump evil? I’ll say no. But these young people are having none of it. [...]

The Politics and Pedagogy of Immigration Policy

By |2018-06-21T20:44:19+00:00June 21st, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, Educator Professionalism, Elementary Classrooms, ESOL, From the Front Lines, High School, history, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Coach Files, Instructional Strategies, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Professional Development, Responsive Classroom, School Improvement, The International Teacher, The State of Education, Writing|

The national debate over the Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border has reached a fever pitch. Images and audio of crying children, traumatized by the removal of their parents to detention facilities while the children are detained in what amounts to cages, have preoccupied the national media and gripped [...]

2018: Reflections on a School Year

By |2018-06-17T22:57:01+00:00June 17th, 2018|Adult Learning, Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Classroom Leadership, College and Career, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, education blogging, From the Front Lines, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Middle School, Opinion, Parents, Principals' Corner, Responsive Classroom, Social Justice, Social Studies, Teacher Burnout, Technology, The State of Education, Writing|

It’s the Saturday after the last day of school for teachers. I am turning 58 today. I just completed my 34th year as a social studies teacher. Tomorrow is Father’s Day. Looking back over the past year and over the arch of my career, I want to write about the struggles and successes of my [...]