- This is Not the Way it Should Feel to Teach - December 2, 2020
- Remote Elementary Teaching Sucks. Get Over It and Prepare for Survival - October 27, 2020
- Betsy Devos Need to Spend More Time In Real Schools with Real Teachers - September 8, 2020
- Teaching from Home Part 2: Using Google Classroom to Stay Semi Connected - April 9, 2020
- Teaching from Home: Tips for Focusing on Results- One Teacher’s Reflection - March 29, 2020
- A Pandemic Brings Opportunity to Rethink Standardized Testing - March 23, 2020
- Getting Students to Write (Part 1) - August 7, 2019
- Why I Worry About My Students - July 9, 2019
- Activists Are Needed in Education - May 13, 2019
- Your Students and Video Games: Adult Supervision Required - April 29, 2019
That first month of school
Some of those reading this have already gone “back to school.” I am a teacher squeezing the last bit of summer out of the break from my regular school year work, and as soon as I’m home it is “game on” again. But don’t let the well oiled machine of school reformers fool you, they will demean educators by crying “summers off,” along with using other euphemisms to sell you short on the job you do (e.g. “job for life”, “impossible to fire”…).
You know better, and so do I. If I am not sorting through old stuff to see what I can upgrade, adjust and use new; if I am not in my building in meetings, workshops, and professional development; if I am not scanning every clearance rack/sales shelf book-store giveaway; if I am not reading and researching to find ways to jack-up my teacher game…well, I always am, so I can’t even wrap that sentence up effectively. Bottom line is that teaching is hard, ongoing work, and anyone who does it knows it. We also tend to share our best practices with each other, with our newest colleagues, and now even online through sales sites. I still haven’t quite latched onto that concept-to me it’s like a smile and a kind word. It helps; it’s the right thing to do; so that’s what I do. I have an “every day is Friday” take on life and I approach my job the same way, with the key being to be ready for every day to be Friday. Share a smile, send a great note home, do something nice for somebody.