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 [...]
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WARNING: This article could have been twice or five or ten times as long. The fact that I listed only five items reflects not my naivety, but my desire to keep this article under 1500 words and my editor happy. Enjoy! #1: Back to School Night. Nobody wants to say it so I will. No [...]
When teachers have administrative support that's an ideal teaching situation, but the reality is that too often administrative support is not available. Thus, new teachers have the biggest problems and often leave the profession because of support of this. Whether you are a veteran teacher or just starting your career you will deal with administrators [...]
We hear it all the time. “Teaching is easy. You get the whole summer off! What are you complaining about?” Did you roll your eyes too? At this point, it should be obvious as to why teachers need a summer break. This summer, I began to see my summer vacation in a whole new light. [...]
I don’t remember the moment it dawned on me that I had unrealistic behavioral expectations. Maybe it was the second week of school when I realized the honeymoon phase was over. It might’ve been the moment my administration looked at my students in their “lines” and said, “You should be on Level 0 at all [...]
Hello. My name is Allyson, and I’m a Double-Minded Teacher. Double Minded: 1: wavering in mind: UNDECIDED, VACILLATING Since I’ve made the commitment to become a teacher, I’ve been double-minded about teaching. I start off excited about the upcoming year. I create the layout for my classroom and pick the theme. Then, I’m cutting, taping, [...]
You know them when you see them...or hear them. “I’m tired of this school.” “I can’t wait until this year is over.” “I’m just here for my check.” “I can’t stand any of these children.” I’m sure that halfway through reading those statements above, someone (or a group of someones) came to your mind. Am [...]
This year, I’ll be teaching at a brand new school, in a brand new county, in a brand new state, and in a brand new country. I’m full of anxiety, excitement, and the usual question of “Can I really do this?” When I interviewed for the position, I asked the normal questions to find out [...]
Teacher burnout is not a new concept. If you’re connected to education in any way, you know that teachers are burning out more than ever. Educators are losing the spark they once had for the profession. Teachers are struggling with PTSD and resigning as a result of the declining state of education and the increased [...]
Fellow educators, you have made a career centered around giving to children. You have worked diligently to become an expert in your curriculum, designing dynamic lessons while connecting to the whole child. You might even call the students on your rosters, "your kids." With your compassion for other people's children as a focus, I ask [...]