"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 [...]
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How often do you think about self-care? At the beginning of the year? During grading periods when you're stressed out and wondering why you're teaching? When you've had a fabulous weekend/day/month off and you think about how awesome it feels? When you've had enough and decide to take a 'mental health sick day'?s That's what [...]
Teacher burnout is a phrase that we hear all too often in the field of education, and it's no wonder with all that teachers must juggle day in and day out. Most teachers take their work home: planning, grading and brainstorming well into the evening and on the weekend. Add those tasks to extra-curricular activities [...]
I was gone two days this week because my fiancé had back surgery. Two. Whole. Days. This may not seem like much to most, but I teach special education with some very routine-oriented students and this was a huge whammy in their little lives. I know we want our classrooms to become autonomous and for [...]
I have a confession to make. I've sat on a "secret" for a while, trying to figure out how to understand it. It's taken me a LONG time to get to this point, but it has to be said. My oldest child, age 23, born Lauren, is a trans-man named Christian. As a conservative, religious [...]
by: Jessie Fuller I am a jealous person. You wouldn’t know it upon early or even prolonged interaction. Closet envier may be the better description. I veil it rather expertly, kind of like the same way I hide the chocolate chip bag in the vegetable crisper - stealthy, I know. The slope that I slide [...]
Happy 2019! I know that for most teachers the "new year" begins on the first day of teaching in either August or September. However, the calendar does not lie--2018 is history--it's January 2019, the midpoint of the teaching year, which offers an opportunity for reflection. In my school district the year 2020 is the focus year [...]
I recently read Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander's book My Morning Routine, and I was relatively impressed with the content (and recommend reading it - it's an easy read in a couple of hours). The premise is essentially based upon an interview with many magnates of industry, from General Stanley McChrystal to Arianna Huffington, discussing [...]
Guest Writer: Alexis Shepard I experienced major burn out my 4th year teaching. Tears and rants about how much I hated teaching were regular occurrences for my, then, boyfriend. Emotionally, I was a wreck most days---almost always angry and annoyed. The only things that kept me composed each day were the kindest grade level partner, [...]