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Navigating Your Administration: Five Tips From a Teacher's Perspective

By |2016-11-01T14:38:07-04:00February 1st, 2013|Featured, Uncategorized|

To the frustrated, tired, spread-too-thin public (and private) school teacher, communicating with and understanding the dynamics of your administrative team--or your single administrator--can be one of the most difficult parts of the job, even in a best-case scenario. I have worked for excellent administrators and those that... weren't as easy to work with. I will not seek [...]

Summer Break: #TERSchoolFreeSummer Challenge

By |2019-06-09T12:30:19-04:00June 11th, 2019|Teacher Burnout, Teacher Self Care, Teacher Self-Care Conference|

As we enter into a well-deserved summer, I applaud you. Thank you for a great school year of educating and caring for children that belong to someone else. We appreciate your sleepless nights and early mornings, your 30 min -1 hr commute every morning. Thank you for not calling in sick when you rightfully could [...]

Bullying: Did the School System Fail This Mother?

By |2019-05-28T00:05:04-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Current Events in Education, Mental Health, Parents|

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 [...]

Teachers Matter: Attributes of an Effective Secretary of Education

By |2019-05-28T00:17:42-04:00May 31st, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|

Recently, Elizabeth Warren made headlines with what seems to be a surprising announcement to many. Warren, who is among many other contenders for the 2020 presidential election, announced that if elected president, she will ensure her Education Secretary is “a former public school teacher who is committed to education." This comment comes after her (one [...]

Copyright Violations in the Classroom: When Beg, Borrow, and Steal Turns into a Crime

By |2019-05-28T20:50:07-04:00May 29th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum, Legal|

When you are a newbie teacher entering the profession, a veteran will pull you to the side and say, “It is okay to beg, borrow, and steal.” It is a teacher right of passage to be told this knowledge and to implement it.  Because many schools across the United States are lacking the appropriate resources [...]

What Teacher Choice in PD Should Look Like

By |2019-05-23T00:26:10-04:00May 21st, 2019|Current Events in Education, How to Fix Education, Opinion, Professional Development, School Improvement|

We all know how it feels to attend a half-hearted PD session we don’t think will be useful in our classrooms. Maybe it’s the content that feels irrelevant or the structure of the session. Whatever the cause, teachers are tired of attending PD that doesn’t fit our personal needs or the needs of our school [...]

Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget

By |2019-05-18T14:21:13-04:00May 18th, 2019|Confessions of a Teacher, Elementary, Instruction & Curriculum, Teacher Burnout, The New Teacher Chronicles|

I have a teacher confession to make. I failed him. Not “gave him an F” failed him but failed him as a young man. A student with a future ahead of him, someone who could one day be a father, a councilman, or even president. But I failed him. It was my second year as [...]