Confessions of a Teacher

The Intention Form: Tell The Truth…Shame The Devil – Education Article

Now that we’re in the second part of the school year, we already know what’s coming… The Intention Form Intention Form… Commitment Form… “Are You Staying Or Leaving Us” Form Whatever your school district calls them, they’re on the way to your teacher mailbox within the next few weeks as administrative staff go over the budget, numbers, and prepare themselves to comb through the district job site for candidates.  I remember getting this form the first year I taught.  “Transfer”…

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Teaching High School In December: A Three-Point Survival Guide – Education Article

For high school students, the month of December has lost its luster. There is no belief in Santa, and the elf is missing from its shelf. Replacing the holiday excitement is a mature appreciation of scarcity and disparity.   Adolescents are a blend of intellect and naivety. Their eyes are opening to a world that they previously defined differently. They are struggling to find their place in this world, and they are under incredible stress to perform academically and socially.  December…

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Is Combat Pay Worth It? – Education Article

We’ve all heard the term before: Combat Pay. Preface Let me preface this by saying I am a strong believer that ALL students deserve a great educational experience with highly qualified teachers. I know of teachers who ONLY apply to inner-city schools because they know how much these students need teachers who care about them and their education. There are teachers who are determined to help students push past whatever they’re going through at home and in their minds to…

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Opinion: Why Teachers Shouldn’t Write Curriculum – Education Article

The word “curriculum,” as it pertains to education, can include everything from the materials used to teach our students to the planned learning experiences. If we think of the Common Core standards as the academic destination for our students (the “what” we want them to know and be able to do), our curriculum is the vehicle for getting them there. However, teachers are often asked to do too much when it comes to curriculum design and planning. However, teachers are…

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How to Use This Year’s Reflections for Next School Year – Education Article

The end of the year for a teacher is especially difficult: everyone is tired, the kids are off the rails, there are a plethora of special events going on, and grades are due. Many of us are holding onto our sanity like a life raft. The last thing many people want to think about is the start of a whole new year, but if we spend a moment to reflect on our year, it could be a gold mine for…

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Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget – Education Article

I have a teacher confession to make. I failed him. Not “gave him an F” failed him but failed him as a young man. A student with a future ahead of him, someone who could one day be a father, a councilman, or even president. But I failed him. It was my second year as a teacher. Based on the number of students that were going to the 5th grade, there was a slot available to me to teach my…

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A Delusional Parent Tried to Sue Me – Education Article

Teachers are well versed in the helicopter parent. The helicopter parent hovers at all times picking at small things, meddling, and is generally over-involved. They will usually try to solve each and every small problem their kid encounters by asking the teacher to get involved or blaming the problem on the teacher. This new type of parent, however, is worse. The new parent bully is delusional and absent. The delusional parent takes a perfectly normal situation and spins it in…

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Dissing the Family Crazies: A Christmas Story – Education Article

Ahhhh… the two weeks teachers wait for that never seem to get here fast enough. I was so ready to be done with 2018 I had a collection of white flags hidden in my desk that I found myself waving ever so slightly throughout that last week of school. So as I got off of winter break, I hastily tried to get caught up on everything that I’ve been behind on since July. Especially this year because I thought Christmas was…

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