How Did I Overcome Teacher Burnout? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What does it mean to practice a pedagogy of love? I love teaching, but partway through my third year in the classroom I was heading towards burnout. I didn’t know it at the time but a chance encounter with Gert Biesta saved me. A practice of love can transform our classrooms and school communities and lead to happier teachers and students… A chance encounter … My journey began in Biesta’s graduate course where he asked each…

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Sawabona: I See You – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

Tribes in South Africa traditionally greet each other with “Sawabona,” which means “I see you.” The response is “Sikhona,” which translates to “I’m here.”  As I watch my students finish up this busy school year, I’m making sure they feel that I know they are here at school and here in my life. At the beginning of the year, I ask my students’ parents or caregivers to write me a letter or email telling me what they think I should…

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Dealing with Student Death – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

It is something that is becoming all too common in schools across Arizona, the need for schools to support students and staff as they grieve for classmates, friends, and students that pass.  In my first ten years of teaching, this was something I had to deal with only a couple times. In my last few years of teaching, student deaths attributed to accidents, suicide, and even homicide have become much more common.  And how does a school help pick up…

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