My favorite time of the week is Friday around 2:50 PM. It’s the moment that my daughter comes running out of her school. She comes out of school like that almost every day, but Fridays are different. There’s no homework ...

One of the first battles a Teacher must face is the battle against “The Standard”. That standard is one that has stood, seemingly forever. It is one that is often perpetuated by those in our ranks. Many believe that the ...

Teaching preparatory programs miss out on a bunch of essentials. Most programs do not give all that many hints about classroom discipline, what to do when a lesson goes south, or the proper thing to say when a student needs ...

One of my favorite nights of the school year is Meet The Teacher Night. It’s usually during the first or second week of classes and it is the first time to see the parents of the kids you just met. ...

The deeper I get into my teaching career, the more reflective I’ve become. Part of it is nostalgia, linking moments in the classroom to the stages of my life. Part of it is really disbelief that I have been at ...

I was called into the Principal’s office in November of my first year of teaching. I honestly didn’t think much of the little note in my mailbox that said “See Me”. Being 22 years old and so self assured–some might ...

“You need to fill their pages with comments. Show them what good writing is.” Those two sentences were said to me by my first Department Chairperson when she made me show her a set of essays that I was grading. ...

First, thank you for joining the profession. You could have chosen a more lucrative field. But, instead, you chose to join a field that does live up to much of the romanticism it projects. We get an opportunity each day, ...

  My best teachers were always English Teachers. In 8th grade, Ms. Flaum handed me back an essay without any corrections on it. She said she wasn’t grading it until I actually wrote it like I talk in class. As ...

  You are a writer. That’s a sentence I’ve used for almost a decade in my classroom. It’s on my class site. It’s in the opening day presentation; it is the first thing parents see at Meet The Teacher Night. ...