#RealTalk Why We Haven’t Quit Teaching

The past few articles I’ve written have been controversial.  The craziest response I’ve received has been “Wow! Can tell you are young and have a long way to go! In fact get out now! Your students and parents deserve it...” When I first read this response, my “irritated, frustrated, and over it” reaction was “I’m [...]

Let’s talk about Testing Anxiety in Children

I can still remember how I felt as I looked at the tears falling from one of my brightest students as she sat in her assigned seat for the Georgia Milestones Assessment last spring. Because I was mandated to sign my life away on a form acknowledging the serious nature of standardized testing, all I [...]

Is Combat Pay Worth It?

We’ve all heard the term before: Combat Pay. Preface Let me preface this by saying I am a strong believer that ALL students deserve a great educational experience with highly qualified teachers. I know of teachers who ONLY apply to inner-city schools because they know how much these students need teachers who care about them [...]

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way: When I Knew To Look For Something New

I knew I wanted to be a teacher in my Junior year of high school. This goal drove every one of my academic moves. The strengths of Education programs rooted in my college search. I sought summer jobs and extra-curricular activities imitating teacher-like roles. My holiday breaks volunteering with teachers: grading, organizing, decorating, and planning. [...]