And We Will Rise: Day 3 of the Oklahoma Walkout

We are on day three of the Oklahoma Walkout. Our governor made the comment yesterday that we [teachers] were acting like a bunch of spoiled “teenagers who want a better car.” One of our legislatures went Live on Facebook and said we were never going to be happy and that he “wasn’t supporting teachers anymore!” [...]

Today We Walked-The Oklahoma Edition

Today we walked out in Oklahoma. Not out of selfishness or resentment. Not out of discourse for our jobs. Not out of spite. We walked out because we do not have adequate supplies for our classrooms. We do not have a curriculum for our students. We do not have the necessities necessary to [...]

Teacher Self-Care Conference- We’re Back

"The kind of teacher you become will become will directly be related to the kind of teachers you associate with. Teaching is a profession where misery does more than just love company, it recruits, seduces, and romances it. Avoid people who are unhappy and disgruntled about the possibilities for transforming education. They are the enemy of [...]

Combatting Exhaustion and Stress to Promote Teacher Wellness

We've all been there: dragging our feet, scanning the clock, wishing for an opportunity to just sit down and relax for a few solitary minutes. If you're a teacher, you're likely to not have the words, "rest" and "relaxation" in your personal vocabulary. It doesn't matter if it's the first week of school, or several [...]

More Rural Schools Journal: The Sick Day

On a recent Thursday afternoon, I decide to take a sick day. I just called for a sub to cover my duties tomorrow. I'm taking a "sick day." My youngest, (of the three girls I have written so much about in the past) didn’t really want to go to school this morning, was clearly feeling [...]