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Teach happy. Teach right. Speak up!

Why Teachers Are Afraid

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This isn’t about teachers being afraid that they’ll be knifed in class, or have their cars stolen in the bad neighborhoods where they teach. Nor are they worried that a disruptive student will…

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Speak English Please: The Use of Educational Jargon

As the school year begins, teachers prepare for their parent night, often called Open House. In a short period of time, they attempt to communicate their expectations for the school year. Homework policies are explained, behavior expectations discussed, schedules and … Continue reading

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Teach happy. Teach right. Speak up! Depressed teachers …. and comics? Middle school teacher David Lee Finkle, shared his story of education “reforms” and mental health in his comic strip, Mr. Fitz.

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School’s Out for Summer!

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Counting watermelons

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I’m always amazed at how many people speak about or make policies about teaching without knowing the pedagogy behind how students learn. Everything You Wanted to Know About the Theories Behind Teaching This cool graphic by Robert Millwood, shows just … Continue reading

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Teachers Gone Viral – Resigning the Profession Publicly

Several teachers have recently resigned from teaching via social media. This method of quitting their jobs has garnered attention. Some of these teacher’s resignations have had half a million hits on Youtube. Other teachers have published their resignations in their … Continue reading

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Yes, I did read Captain Underpants…

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. –George Bernard Shaw As a teacher, I agree with this sentiment and can only hope our new “common” curriculum allows us to do this… … Continue reading

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I’m (Over) Testing

True Confession:  this week I reserved a testing space, grabbed my list of kids to test, went to their classrooms, called out their names. They dutifully lined up, we filed down the hall. I put the We’re Testing sign on … Continue reading

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Some weeks are harder than others

Especially testing weeks

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