politics

When the Political is Personal, and the Personal is Political

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, National Board Certification, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

I think many of us have had conversations in schools, in neighborhoods, and around towns lately regarding the #RedforEd movement. As I became a National Board Certified Teacher, I learned that it is my responsibility and privilege to advocate for

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The Problem with Teacher Pay in Arizona and One Possible Solution

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Social Issues, Uncategorized

The Problem with Teacher Pay: As a beginning teacher, I knew I would start out with a modest salary, but with increases in experience and education, I expected to move up the salary schedule and eventually achieve a comfortable middle-class

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Must Like Kids

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, Professional Development, Uncategorized

You may have heard that 70-80% of new restaurants fail within the first year.  As it turns out, that often cited statistic is exaggerated: the actual figure is 17%, according to Forbes.  It turns out the chance of success is

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Sidekick

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

It’s 7:00 am on a gray and chilly Saturday morning and I’m rushing out the door, dressed and coffee in hand.  As I kiss my sleepy daughter and husband goodbye, my husband exclaims, “Have fun being a sidekick!” We have

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I’m Fun at Holiday Parties, Really!

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

Around the holidays, many visitors and holiday party-goers comment on how tired I look.  I don’t think they mean this unkindly – it’s true, I do look exhausted this time of year (and many other times throughout the school year).

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The Requirement of Reflection

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

My teaching assignment changed this year, about five weeks into the first quarter.  Due to a district policy of only counting “bodies in seats,” not enrolled students, our 5th-grade class sizes were huge (36 – 38 students in tiny portable

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