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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holiday lights

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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reflection

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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money

Revising Results-Based Funding

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

Results-Based Funding With little fanfare last month, 288 schools in Arizona received the first payout of results-based funding, the largest education initiatives outlined in the Governor’s State of the State address. The initiative became SB1530, a $38.63 million bonus for

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Weak

Teacher Appreciation Weak

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

Ah, teacher appreciation week. I look forward to the handmade cards and homemade goodies, and if I’m really lucky, school supplies or a Starbucks gift card. But here’s what I really want for Teacher Appreciation Week. Stop undermining the teaching

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