We've all been in that meeting where a "consultant" comes in to tell us how to do our job in the classroom. We're trying to be nice, but the more they talk TO us, the more frustrated we become. The last straw is when the suggest some strategies like "just differentiate more" for your class [...]
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Every week in my inbox, I receive emails from teachers who are teetering on the edge of total breakdowns. Sometimes they're stressed about their evaluations while other times they are stressed about the ever increasing workload being put on them, but more times than not, they're in virtual tears because they cannot feed their families. Sometimes [...]
As the culmination of our month long articles about teacher branding, we want to highlight educators who decided to use their skills in the classroom to literally build their own brands. Today we are highlighting Ms. Megan Mottley, Publisher of DIVINE Magazine. 1. Give us some backgrounds of your experiences in education. I’m a former 8th [...]
I spent most of the first year after my layoff just wanting to go back. Back to the job I had so passionately loved. Back to the routine that was so familiar. Back to the students with whom I felt so at home with. Back to the career that had been moving along at [...]
”It Takes a Village.” It’s the title of a book written by a regrettably presumptive and chronically evasive presidential nominee, but also true. All people involved make some difference in the lives of my three daughters as they navigate towards adulthood. But not so long ago, public education became the sole focus of accountability for [...]
Publisher's Note: The year 2013 was a great year here at The Educator's Room. We recruited more classroom teachers to write for our publication, launched our first Virtual 5K, interviewed teachers who were catapulted into the national spotlight by refusing to back down, started a Change.org petition to combat corporate reform and started using video chats to [...]
courtesy nyceducator.com Landing a great teaching job is difficult. It really is. And especially in today’s economic climate of pink slips and education budget reductions, getting the job is a significantly more frustrating and insecure process. There are fewer jobs to go around, and many more people who are fighting [...]
A mission statement. The best businesses use them to guide direction and lead to success. Our classrooms are definitely not businesses -- but I believe, like in business, that a classroom mission statement can lead us and our students toward a clear outcome, guided by a defined purpose. I’ve created a teaching philosophy before. I’ve [...]
I get emails all the time asking questions about how I started my own school, emails that I gladly answer, but usually end up going no further than an initial contact, for whatever reason. This weekend, however, I had the pleasure of doing my first full on-site consultation, face to face, across state lines, which [...]