Posted inOpinion

The Toxic Positivity Propaganda Machine

In order to change destructive patterns, we need to stop pretending they aren’t there. Have you signed up for The Educator’s Room Daily Newsletter? Click here and support independent journalism! For what feels like the thousandth time, I am laying in bed at 4:00 p.m. Exhausted from the teacher workday and too drained to be […]

Posted inInstruction & Curriculum

Opinion: What Public Schools Can Learn From Private Schools

Students each wearing matching uniforms calmly making their way to classes. Classes full of well-behaved, eager-to-learn children. Or classes full of snobby, entitled students daring you to challenge them.  The latter are some of the ideas – albeit – mostly wrong I’ve had about private schools in my hometown and in general.  Last Spring, I […]

Posted inBack to School

Joining or Avoiding the Educator Exodus

To stay or not to stay, that is the question. Saying that the 2020-2021 school year was difficult for teachers would be an understatement. We navigated virtual learning, hybrid learning, transitioning to 100% traditional learning in some cases, all while being evaluated and fearing contracting COVID-19 in our classroom. I’m not sure what the qualifications […]

Posted inHow to Fix Education

Abusing Teachers is Normal: Normal is the Problem

“When we get back to normal” is the attitude helping people see through the difficulty that has been the COVID-19 pandemic.  [bctt tweet=”Abusing teachers is normal.  Normal is not a destination worth seeking.” username=””] “Mental health” and “work-life balance” are the in-vogue phrases that are used to tell teachers to take care of themselves.  Meanwhile, […]

Posted inCOVID-19

Teachers Don’t Get To Turn Off School

Sarah Styf is a 19-year high school English teacher currently on a teaching sabbatical. She lives in the Houston area with her husband and two children. She is passionate about education reform and civic engagement. She can be found on Instagram @sarah.styf and Twitter @sarahstyf. When we experience moments of pause, we are often able to finally see […]