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Just Because Our Students Are Living in Poverty…

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Many times we allow stereotypes to rule our perceptions of others, whether it’s race, gender, or socioeconomic status. We allow these perceptions to cloud our judgment, and we make decisions based on these misconceptions. We believe if it is true of one, it is true of all. How unfair to the students who walk into our classrooms every day.

A child “living in poverty” seems to be a hot button issue right now, and rightly so. But how much do we let the fact that any of our students are living in poverty affect how we relate to them? How does the fact that our students are living in poverty, change the way we teach ALL of our students? READ MORE…

How Many “Karen Fitzgibbons” Are Still Teaching Our Kids?

Karen Fitzgibbons, a teacher at Bennett Elementary in Wolforth, Texas, wrote that she was, in all-caps, “ANGRY” over the officer’s resignation, blaming “the blacks” for causing “racial tension,” according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal…

As an educator, when I read Ms.Fitzgibbon’s quotes, all I could think, well after my initial thought of, “What an idiot!”, was about the children of color who had the misfortune to be in her class. READ MORE..

Foolproof Tips on Obtaining a GREAT Announced Teacher Observation!

I wasn’t “feeling” observations, and this post popped into my head.

 

Spoiler Alert: Don’t take me seriously!:)

1. Create a lesson you will never use again.
It’s showtime! Create the ultimate lesson. Spend hours and hours creating the perfect 45 minute lesson. Make sure you have included all the strategies that are being used in that moment. Do things you usually don’t in your classroom, like, when no one is watching.READ MORE …

Respect The Experience…Ageism in Education!

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…

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Teaching By Due Date: Data Vs. Students!

I am tired of receiving emails that ask me to attend meetings prepared with the data of the Formative Assessment of the Week.
Performance Task of the Month.
Benchmark Entries, common assessments, you get what I’m saying.READ MORE…

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