The Intention Form: Tell The Truth…Shame The Devil

Now that we’re in the second part of the school year, we already know what’s coming... The Intention Form Intention Form... Commitment Form... “Are You Staying Or Leaving Us” Form Whatever your school district calls them, they’re on the way to your teacher mailbox within the next few weeks as administrative staff go over the [...]

Teaching High School In December: A Three-Point Survival Guide

For high school students, the month of December has lost its luster. There is no belief in Santa, and the elf is missing from its shelf. Replacing the holiday excitement is a mature appreciation of scarcity and disparity.   Adolescents are a blend of intellect and naivety. Their eyes are opening to a world that they [...]

#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 [...]