We Won’t Lose – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.  Trump, Jr. Loser teachers. Indoctrinated. We can safely ignore the rest of that quote as people of Junior’s ilk fill it with whatever hateful or fearful rhetoric that suits their needs with their given audience. Some could say that this isn’t that big of a deal. This was said by a person who is simply trying to please daddy, make…

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The Heart Outside Our Body – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Parents can sometimes be unreasonable; many of us put blinders on when it comes to our kids. Educators sometimes bear the brunt of this fact.   How could you suspend my child? How could you not play my child? How could you not award my child? My child’s grade should be higher!   People who are normal in every other circumstance in life can seem completely unhinged when it comes to their children.  As educators we can quickly categorize these…

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The Messy, Beautiful Writing Process – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I love writing. I love searching for the right combination of words that not only make my point, but show my passion behind that point. I love when an idea pops into my head out of nowhere and I have to write it, even if the publish button never gets hit. I love the challenge of sitting in front of a blank screen with no idea in my head. I love when something just clicks and the keys start getting…

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Kids Before Curriculum – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It is when you least expect it that you learn the most, become inspired, invigorated, and motivated to contribute to your field, to make a difference. This happened for me a few weeks ago in the most unlikely of places, a high school classroom during an after school PD session. I had presented on homework, more specifically about how and why I felt our District could better utilize homework to inspire our students as opposed to what it has become…

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First Annual #KidsFirst Educator Awards – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Last month, we announced that we would like to recognize educators who make it their mission to do what is in the best interest of kids. We realize that there are many issues to be fixed in education. But, we also realize that those issues will be fixed because there are so many good people in the profession. These are classroom teachers, building administrators, district administrators, curriculum specialists, and education advocates who come to work each day and make an…

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A Step Towards A Growth Mindset – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I still remember the first time I walked into Yankee stadium. I was eight years old, with my father, and walking on air. At eight you idolize your dad, a stage in life before you see your parents’ flaws, before you realize that they’re human just like everyone else. At eight years old your dad is bigger than life; at least for me, mine was. Walking into that stadium was magical. I still remember how green the grass was, the…

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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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Project-Based Learning as a Pedagogical Approach – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

A Guest Column written by Ken Wojehowski, A Teacher and Dr. Joe Lloyd, an Admin Dr. Joe Lloyd, Admin Quite often, we hear that many of ‘tomorrow’s’ jobs have yet to be created. When ‘visioning’ what the field of education might look like in the near future, this can lead to intriguing ideas and also some inexactitude. Despite this ambiguity, Project-Based Learning features as a novel and compelling pedagogical approach. Flashback Earlier this fall, on a sleepy Sunday morning, I…

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What I Want For Our Kids? What Do I Want Our School To Be Known For? – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

This past week was one of those weeks that my wife often warns me about. The ones where I jam pack so much into my schedule that I run from meeting to meeting, event to event, switching gears, changing focus, changing direction, all the while trying my best to make things better. She worries I will burn out, make frivolous mistakes, not focus on family enough, let my inner anger bubble to the surface.  All valid points. I have tried…

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1st Annual #KidsFirst Educator Award – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Exactly one year ago today, we published our first piece on this site. This site started because we wanted to be a voice in education. We each had over 20 years of experience in education and, while we knew we didn’t have all of the answers, we hoped that our stories, our experiences, and our passion for education would promote thought, inspiration, and, of course, change. We are truly grateful for the response and the conversation that has been cultivated…

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Compassion Is Our Standard – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Compassion is not weakness.  Compassion is not lowering standards.  Compassion is not about giving kids passes without giving consequences.  Compassion is not some desperate attempt by teachers to become popular with the students.  There are still relics in our profession who see their rules, their numbers, their order; they cling to what they perceived to be good teaching two decades ago. But, they are even wrong about that: it wasn’t good teaching 20 years ago. Compassion was always the number…

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Breaking From Tradition To Create A Culture Of Reading – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Last June, I had the good fortune to address the senior members of our school’s National Honor Society. It was their senior breakfast, one of the last official school events before they would be graduating and moving on. As I looked out from the podium, it hit me. Four years prior, I was literally the first teacher that 30 of them had in high school. They were the last group that I had taught as freshmen before I had moved…

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It’s Never “It Is What It Is” When It Comes To Kids – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I have never been one who gets excited for New Year’s Resolutions. It is not that I do not think it is valuable to start anew, develop a new habit, or to break an old one; it is more that I try to commit to resolutions each week and, sometimes, each day.   The key word here is try. I will try to eat healthy, learn Spanish, disconnect from my phone, be less moody, avoid flipping the bird to that…

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