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Top Four Reasons You (Still) Should Be Glad You Are a Teacher
1. Sweatpants? Check. Ponytail? Check. Flip-flops in November? Check. Running into a former student? Absolutely, of course. Now, even though I’m...
Free Summer PD - Blog
Until a few months ago, I didn’t understand hashtags, thought tweeting was for Millennials, and called participants Twits. Probably not my most...
Blog - Talk to Me: Keeping Kids on Track During the Holidays
Over the years, parents have asked me how they can help their children stay focused over the holidays. The concern is that after a few weeks off, a...
Tips About Grading
Consider this: in assessing our students, most of us are forced to use a system that has found 64 increments of failure, yet only 36 of success. If...
Secret to a Sweet First Day - Blog
Someone who is reading this right now is trying to figure out how he will make it from room 123 to room 207, with a cart, using the “it-only-works-...
New-Teacher Orientation - Blog
I only remember two things from my new-teacher orientation—which, granted, was 14 years ago: an exceptional amount of paperwork that was even more...
The Name you Remember - Blog
If you have ever heard the term “frequent flyer” used to describe students who visit the nurse very often, that would have described me. To this day...
The Paradox of the Constitution - Blog
Did police violate journalists’ constitutional rights to assemble, speak and make demands of those in power in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting...
Engaging Parents is Tricky Business, But Can Work Magic
We’ve all had “that parent” in our teaching careers. Whether it be an email every single day to make sure Tommy handed in his homework, or accessing...
Through Another Lens: Hispanic Heritage Month
The first time I saw the words “culturally responsive teaching” was on a student-teacher evaluation form rubric. It was a new phrase for me, but as a...
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