Thanks For The Compliment, But I’m Not A Superhero

Until I became an educator, I never imagined superheroism influencing my professional life. Thus far, my teaching career has been marked by the release of several Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Justice League films. I have taught many a super superhero fan and acquired my own taste for the superhero genre through my fourth graders’ enthusiasm [...]

Why I Worry About My Students

There are a thousand reasons why I worry about my students I had a challenging group this past school year. Generally, my "teacher radar" runs in the background on low intensity-ready to alert me as needed. Off-task behavior or potential disruptions elicit a ping. But with this group, I had to be constantly aware of [...]

Classroom Real Estate: Navigating Change

If schools are like homes, then the location of a teacher’s classroom is often considered prime real estate. However, I did not know how much my neighborhood mattered until faced with forced relocation. Next year, the large suburban high school where I have taught since 2003 will move from random to integrated, from scattered to [...]

A Delusional Parent Tried to Sue Me

Teachers are well versed in the helicopter parent. The helicopter parent hovers at all times picking at small things, meddling, and is generally over-involved. They will usually try to solve each and every small problem their kid encounters by asking the teacher to get involved or blaming the problem on the teacher. This new type [...]

Your Students and Video Games: Adult Supervision Required

It's important for students to be well-rested and prepared for each day of learning, but video games and excessive screen time can make getting that rest a challenge. It's hard to avoid screen time these days. Cell phones and computers are ever more present in our daily routines. Some restaurants even take your order on [...]