Relationships With Regents – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

By Colleen Mannion, Teacher and Sean Mannion, Student How often do we reach out to our students and ask them how they feel? I’m fortunate enough to have an incredible 15 year old brother who I absolutely adore and for the first time the other day, we really talked about school. Not just your typical “good”, “okay”, “nothing”, “yeah” that you get from a teenager, but an actual conversation where I asked more meaningful questions that really made him stop…

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The Hidden Gems In Our Schools – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

June in New York is a magical time. Trees in full bloom, tomato plants doubling in size by the day, swimming pools opening, and long nights that make it feel as if someone forgot to turn off the lights as the sun burns bright well past dinner.  Neighborhoods come alive with noise, laughter, and friendship. With the promise of a long summer in the not too distant future, it is easy to forget that a few short weeks ago our…

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June Reflections – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I can still remember the lesson like it was yesterday. I was excited about it. I had an article, a video, and this group activity that would get my students to learn all about potential bias in media. It seemed so clear. They would be engaged. They would love it. And, most importantly, they would acquire this essential skill. It was the middle of September and I was ready to make a major point that would be the centerpiece of…

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The Kids Are The Standards – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

We simply are not doing enough. It’s that plain and it certainly is that simple. We talk about meeting standards. New revisions come out; we push more. We read the rhetoric in the news about kids falling behind or how the I-Generation is lost in a paralysis of screen time and self absorption. The standards are high and if we want to get them into the right colleges, make them tough enough, and make them have the skills that we…

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Just Ask Them – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

One of the best trends in education is the continued innovation and increased value of professional development. The days of putting in your time while some random person goes over rules and regulations or leads a glorified pep rally of everything the district does well are, thankfully, over. Districts are spending more time and resources that emphasize improved practices, improved implementation of the curriculum, and improved awareness of student health. The quality of those Superintendent Conference Days and Professional Development…

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End The Year Strong…Your Kids Need You And Each Other – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

By Krystal Cerna 26 days left, but who’s counting! (unless you’re a high school teacher, then you can disregard and minus like 26 days from that number, %*$@!!) As the school year comes to a screeching halt, most of us will stress over last minute assessments, inputting data, getting students to the proper reading level, completing end of the year files, and packing up classrooms (unless you’re a high school teacher! LOL). The list goes on and as each day…

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The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Miscommunication – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

“Language can become a screen which stands between the thinker and reality. This is the reason why true creativity often starts where language ends.” ~Arthur Koestler I was feeling a bit dejected. My confidence was suffering as self doubt crept into my mind. It had been a long, yet rewarding month at work that had me working on weekends and long hours during the week. But, this wasn’t what had me down. It was my latest side project. Despite my…

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When You’re That Person… – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It’s been a long few weeks. And, truthfully, those long few weeks have nothing to do with the kids. It rarely, if ever, has anything to do with them. When you pick this profession—or, if the profession picks you—the best part of your day is in that classroom, literally watching magic happen right in front of your eyes. I saw that magic this week when watching my ninth graders struggle a bit with formulating an outline for their argument research…

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They Give Me Hope – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It took a lot for me to get started on this piece. I wouldn’t say it is writer’s block; it is more that I am just so bored of myself. Homework reform, relationships, student voice, being mindful, be nice…blah blah blah. I certainly believe in all of the aforementioned topics; to me, they are the DNA behind any successful school. It is just that I am tired of my own “voice”. How many times can you say the same things?…

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Pineapples and PD – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I still remember when I started my career as an administrator. I was a 29 years old former physical education teacher and basketball coach who was going to be in a leadership position, the boss of educators who I could have had as teachers a decade earlier.  I had put up with the annoying ¨dark side” jokes, complete with the Darth Vader voice shouted into the industrial sized van station in the gymnasium where I taught. I believed then, as…

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It’s Not Them; You Need To Evolve – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It seems so easy in the classroom. I’ll admit it; I get frustrated hearing stories of teachers using the same lesson plans that they’ve used for the last 5, 10, 15, or even 20 years. I get angry when I hear the talk of “these kids” and all that they are not. I get even angrier when I hear that they aren’t as smart, aren’t as hard working, or aren’t as caring as those ideal kids that once filled the…

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Do You Want To Survive Or Do You Want To Make A Difference? – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It is easy to spend too much time in a frenzied state, hopping from one fire to another, convincing ourselves how important we are, and how our class, school, or district would fall apart without us.   The world is busier; we are busier and no matter what your job is, despite all the technological advances available with the intent of making our lives easier, for some reason life just seems harder and faster.   Have you ever come home…

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Appreciation, Lessons Learned, And Some Amazing Kids – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

My Father just retired this week. After a lifetime of working for our family, being our rock, and always being willing to have a catch with us after work, the man gets to start another lifetime. We’ll be celebrating later in the summer, but last night we took him out to dinner as a family. With his wife–who he has been dating since they were 14 years old–his three kids, his son in-law and daughter in-law, and his four grandchildren…

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Teaching In Unsettled Times – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

The older I get, the more I am grateful for my childhood. It was idyllic in every single way. It was formed with a base of hard working, loving parents who not only loved us, but loved each other and genuinely liked hanging out with us. It was built with the security of two younger siblings who, despite having an older brother who could, at times, be a little mean by lining up cereal boxes across the table so he…

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10 Essential Elements Of A Successful Meeting – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

What do we want classes to look like for our students? When I reflect on this question I realize that it is does not have to be the same answer for each teacher; in fact, it should not be the same answer for every teacher. Mrs. Jennifer Harrington, “All in” English Teacher Teachers have different strengths. Teachers have different goals and objectives, teachers have different students with different needs, and, of course, teachers have different styles. Some may be comfortable…

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Honors Isn’t About More – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I received a text from a friend of mine about a month ago. She was a bit upset that her daughter was spending yet another night at her desk with homework that would take, based on every other night thus far during the school year, about six hours to complete. That six hour estimate was a hopeful one, with the idea that the math packet would come easy that night.  For that night, her daughter had to complete the following…

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