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Student Teaching Diaries: Before We Start

By |2016-11-01T13:46:25-04:00August 4th, 2016|Classroom Management, Elementary, From the Front Lines, Instruction & Curriculum, Opinion, The Student Teacher Diaries|

Teaching is about learning.  Teachers take classes to learn about content, strategies, behavior, classroom management and more.  In order to move our educational system forward, however, the knowledge, experience, and expertise of master teachers needs to be shared with those entering the profession.  Each college has its own path for how this learning takes place; [...]

Student Teaching Diaries: Through the Teacher’s Eyes

By |2017-05-30T01:37:34-04:00April 29th, 2015|Current Events in Education, Elementary, Featured, Kindergarten, The Student Teacher Diaries|

Teaching is the greatest job on the earth.  It is not the most respected or highest paying and it does not bring you power, wealth or fame, but it is the toughest job that has the most impact on our future.  Each year teachers enter the classrooms and meet students with stories.  We make a connection. [...]

Student Teaching Diaries: Bringing the World Into Your Classroom

By |2017-05-29T22:32:20-04:00April 22nd, 2015|Current Events in Education, Elementary, Kindergarten, The Student Teacher Diaries|

Today there are many ways to expand your classroom walls.  Field trips, virtual trips, Skype conversations, and traveling trunks can all provide your students with experiences and expertise that help their learning.  As an educator you need to be able to match your objectives with resources near you.  Inviting visitors into the classroom is another [...]

Student Teaching Diaries: Is This For a Grade?

By |2016-11-01T14:04:53-04:00April 8th, 2015|Current Events in Education, Elementary, Kindergarten, The Student Teacher Diaries|

When students enter preschool and kindergarten they are excited by learning.  They explore and engage in activities for the sake of what is happening.  Teachers set up experiences and lessons that develop skills and provide learning for students.  As students progress through elementary school, however, they begin to see the association of work for "a [...]

Student Teaching Diaries: Outside the Classroom

By |2016-11-01T14:06:17-04:00March 4th, 2015|Current Events in Education, Elementary, How to Fix Education, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, School Improvement, The Student Teacher Diaries|

Teachers use multiple resources to learn and strengthen their craft.  There are online resources, educational journals, district level in-service, networking groups and educational conferences.  This week Lauren and I were both able to participate in conferences offered outside of our school district.  There is so much value to networking and learning offered at conferences. Mentor Teacher: [...]

Student Teaching Diaries: Applying the Learning

By |2016-11-01T14:06:58-04:00February 18th, 2015|Elementary, Featured, The Student Teacher Diaries|

Having  a student intern this semester is allowing me to reflect on my own teaching. It has been interesting to see the transition of college knowledge to classroom application.  The university has expectations to train teachers and then the elementary classroom happens. As an educator I am constantly using assessment to guide my teaching.  Information [...]

Student Teaching Diaries: It’s Not Just Teaching

By |2017-09-23T10:22:45-04:00February 12th, 2015|Elementary, The Student Teacher Diaries|

Teaching is more than lessons, assessments, and children.  It involves extra work outside of the classroom.  Seasoned teachers know there are many "extras" that come with the job.  We attend board meetings, committee meetings, planning meetings, curriculum meetings, after-school clubs, summer school sessions, PTO and Site Council presentations, school plays and school-sponsored events outside of the 7:45-3:45 daily [...]

Messages from the Marches: Teaching Students Objectively

By |2018-01-28T13:16:17-05:00January 28th, 2018|Current Events in Education, High School, History, Social Justice, Teacher Leaders|

January 20, 2018, brought America the first anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The day after his inauguration, January 21, 2017, millions of women and their male allies took to the streets to protest the things they object about Donald Trump. His campaign seemed to be filled with racism, misogyny, and vitriol. These [...]