The Teacher Story

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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Extra Credit Diminishes Everything And Everyone – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

About a month or so ago, one of my ninth graders brought up a great topic that was inspired by our reading of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. In this particular passage, Junior throws his textbook out of anger, but states that he never intended to hit his teacher with the book. On the day we were reading that particular passage, one young man said, “intentions don’t matter; he still hit the teacher. That…

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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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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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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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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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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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