14 11, 2018

Our Kids’ New Normal

By |2018-11-14T10:30:09+00:00November 14th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

I have taught through a lot of shootings and other horrible events, both local and national. The first major shooting I remember helping my students through was Sandy Hook, though other incidents had put us on lockdown previously. The fear was palpable. They wanted reassurance for days afterwards. They had the same fear after the [...]

12 11, 2018

Stuck Like Glue: What Curriculum Adherence Can Do for Your Classroom

By |2018-11-11T22:42:32+00:00November 12th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

By: Jade Porsche The curriculum in my state is in its third year. It is a good curriculum—it’s rigorous, in-depth, and prepares students for the end-of-the-year state assessment with what we call “LEAP like” tasks and academic vocabulary. It gives teachers “Teacher Notes,” creates all the graphic organizers, supplies quizzes, and even give sample student [...]

11 11, 2018

I Was Running Myself Into the Ground: My Self-Care Story

By |2018-11-11T22:19:02+00:00November 11th, 2018|10 Ways to Fix Education, Ask a Teacher, New Teacher Bootcamp, Teacher Self Care|1 Comment

Guest Writer: Alexis Shepard I experienced major burn out my 4th year teaching. Tears and rants about how much I hated teaching were regular occurrences for my, then, boyfriend.  Emotionally, I was a wreck most days---almost always angry and annoyed. The only things that kept me composed each day were the kindest grade level partner, [...]

9 11, 2018

Water those marigolds! Watch those experienced educators bloom!

By |2018-11-09T13:00:30+00:00November 9th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

In 2003, I made a career leap by changing school districts.  I had been in a comfortable position, with eight years teaching middle school social studies in a wealthy suburban school.  However, I needed a change. I did not want to teach in a single classroom, in one building, investigating a particular topic for thirty-four [...]

8 11, 2018

FIVE Ways Modern Teachers Are Being Set Up For Failure

By |2018-11-08T21:08:53+00:00November 8th, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|2 Comments

Why are so many American teachers being set up to fail? As a mid-career classroom teacher, my hopes are relatively simple. Really. I want to teach my subject to receptive, well-behaved students in schools with a clear and consistent academic mandate that are safe, well-funded, and nestled within a broader culture that respects the professionalism [...]