When Your “Helicopter” Parent is a Teacher

I  am enough years into teaching to have experienced a few of those parents. You know the type I mean: near daily notes, frequent phone calls and messages, surprise visits at school, requests for some special treatment or accommodation for their child, and occasionally an offering of personal information you might wish had never been [...]

A How To List For Flexible Classroom Seating

I don't know why it took me so long to jump into flexible classroom seating. After 27 years of dodging clunky desks, tripping over backpacks and watching kids fidget uncomfortably in their hard plastic seats, I had had enough. I've had classes as large as 38, and it just was too hard to fit that [...]

I Left The Classroom for A Central Office Job…This is My Letter to My Former Students

Dear Students, I didn't leave because of you. I don't love you any less. I won't stop thinking about you or missing you or hoping you are well. You know how much I love you. I won't stop wondering about how you are doing or forget your sweet faces or devious antics. I can't imagine life [...]

Back To School Hacks: Digitize Your Syllabus and Lesson Plans!

This year I'm going back to school with a twist - I'm going to digitize my syllabus and lesson plans! A few years back I experimented with different ways to engage students on the first day - and first weeks - of school. Building relationships, engaging my classroom and creating a sense of excitement helps [...]

Teaching in a Post-Union World

The week before school begins, our education association is fortunate enough to sit down with the new educators hired in our district and encourage them to sign-up for our association. While this seemed pretty cut-and-dry when I was first hired 10 years ago, the discussion has rapidly changed and the difficulty increased. As more educators [...]