New Tricks for Old Dogs: What Novice Teachers Offer

With 44% of teachers quitting within the first five years of entering the profession, it is statistically likely you know a teacher like me: one who has yet to cross the five-year threshold. I am almost there, approaching my fifth year, but have yet to earn esteem as a “veteran teacher” among my colleagues. Rightfully [...]

Fellow educators, do you care about other people’s children? How about migrant children?

Fellow educators, you have made a career centered around giving to children.  You have worked diligently to become an expert in your curriculum, designing dynamic lessons while connecting to the whole child.  You might even call the students on your rosters, "your kids."  With your compassion for other people's children as a focus, I ask [...]

Bullying: Did the School System Fail This Mother?

Before I dive into this article, I want to share a few statistics on bullying. Bullying According to the National Education Association's article, "Nation's educators continue to push for safe, bully-free environments"  "Over 160,000 kids refuse to go to school each day for fear of being bullied."  Andrea Cohn and Andrea Canter, Ph.D. pointed out [...]

MCAS Whitehead Test Prompt-What Were They Thinking?

Lawyers often quote the adage, “Never ask a witness a question unless you know the answer.” That wisdom should have been shared with officials from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  (DESE) who were forced to remove a test prompt question from the 2019 state standardized test because of complaints by Boston school [...]

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