- Bringing Project Based Learning to our Classroom - August 12, 2018
- Keep the Engagement Alive: Start the Year with Purpose - August 5, 2018
- It’s Our Fault: A Teacher’s Confession - March 18, 2018
- Keeping Your Teaching Real: A Teacher’s Role - March 11, 2018
- Sketch Notes in the Elementary Classroom - February 15, 2017
- Teach From the Heart - February 9, 2017
- Who is the Teacher: School or Family? - January 11, 2017
- Dear President Elect Trump, From Your Teachers - November 17, 2016
- Let them Be Children - October 21, 2016
- Print Resources: Great Tools for Kids - October 17, 2016
I don’t know how your state is treating educators these days, but in my state, coming from my state legislature, education is constantly under attack. Education is the current hot button and there are bills discussed and passed daily to undermine all I do. Common Core, AP classes, character education, teacher tenure, and teacher due process are just a few of the items being written about and discussed with minimal or no teacher input. Bills are written and discussed by elected officials who are being led by a personal agenda. It is exhausting to spend the day meeting the needs of all of my students and then come home to update myself on the happenings in our great state capitol, but I must.
Last year I wrote an article on the untapped resources we have in teachers. We take classes and are licensed to do the jobs we do. We take continuing education courses and read about our craft. We study new research and methods. Teachers understand children and how they learn from the countless hours spent in classrooms with every type of learner. We have tried and failed and tried again until success was found. We have not given up and we know more things about education and learning and children than we are given credit for. If you want to know what works in educations, ask a teacher.
This is still true today; however, I feel it is time to get loud.