Writing my way through the school year!

I know it would make life much easier if I did.

Pull out the worksheets of all flavors;Reading, Writing, Math, mix in a Performance task.

Place them on their desks, one subject after another, hoping that when the BIG test comes, they can pass it, because they have been drilled, and drilled, and drilled.

Put them in labeled groups, those who will fly through the test, those who might pass, and those who don’t stand a chance.

“Teach” them based on where they fit in the “testing” spectrum.

No arts.

No Recess.

No engagement.

No fun.

Just test drills.

But, I can’t….READ MORE

This is a society that does not, as a whole, respect experience.

Instead of viewing someone’s experience as something of value, oftentimes it is seen as worthless.

There is a huge difference between a 30 year teacher who is about to burn out, and a 30 year teacher who is still passionate about his/her profession.

But yet, they are treated the same.READ MORE

Why I (Continue to) Teach!

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The other day I posted an article on Facebook that has received a lot of buzz.

It’s title, “Why Half of the Nation’s New Teachers Can’t Leave Fast Enough.”

After reading the comments, it’s not just the new teachers who are ready to get out.

I have been feeling that way myself, and it has absolutely nothing to do with my students.READ MORE…

Popular Posts of 2014!

2014 was not a big year for writing for me.

But although I did not write often, you still read when I wrote.
So, thank you for continuing to read, and share, my thoughts.

Enjoy all the wonderful things that 2015 may bring, and defeat the obstacles that may challenge you!

Enjoy 2015!:)


ENJOY THE TOP 5 POSTS FOR 2014!

Christmas is here!
Or the holidays, or whatever you call it.
But one thing is for sure, whatever you call it, the kids are excited, and you still have to teach!

So I figured, why not use something that goes with the theme? Something the kids could get excited about? Something that involved Math, but not endless computation or word problems?

The PNC Christmas Price Index was perfect for what I wanted to do.
They have a site for educators complete with lesson plans.
It’s geared toward middle and high school students, so I modified it for my 5th graders.READ MORE…

The decision in Ferguson saddened me. As a mom of two sons, it scares me. As an educator, it makes me realize that we have to empathize with the students sitting in our classrooms.

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Hey Man,
I address you as “man”. I will never call you “buddy”. I know you have heard parents say, “Hey buddy.” But I cannot do that to you. Throughout your life there will be too many people who will try to make you feel like you are less than a man. Too many who will treat you as though you are less than a man. I want you to know that you are a man.READ MORE...

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