Fostering and Developing Classroom Community in Our Brave New World

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Elementary, Games, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

Teaching is about relationships and community. As Carla Shalaby says in her fabulous book Troublemakers, “It is deeply relational, human work” (p. 172). I’m struggling to hit the right notes as we consider moving to online or distance learning (aka

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I Learned to Teach from Mr. Rogers

Beth Maloney Education, Elementary, Games, Life in the Classroom, Love, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Social Issues

I didn’t love Mister Rogers growing up.  I was more of a Sesame Street-loving gal, with the bright, feathery puppets and the emphasis on cognitive growth.  It wasn’t until my little sister, a tiny blond hellion whose body never stopped

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All I Want for Christmas: A Teacher’s Legislative Wishlist

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

Even though I’m listening to Wham’s “Last Christmas” for the third time today, I know the Ghost of Christmas Future looms right around the corner – for January brings the beginning of the Arizona legislative session.  I’ve written before about

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Do it for her

Bonds and Overrides and the Public, Oh My!

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

As a busy teacher/advocate, I am careful to whom I rent space in my head, meaning, I don’t perseverate about things outside my control as much as I did as a newer teacher.  Angry parents don’t phase me anymore.  Administrative

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Happy Classroom Community

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Love, Social Issues

Having my daughter in fifth-grade last year changed the way I look at my classroom.  Her school day started in my partner teacher’s homeroom for math and science and her afternoons were spent in my room for Reading, Writing, and

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AZ

2 Weeks of Action

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

It is part of our mission of the Arizona National Board Certified Teachers Network to raise awareness about the impact of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) on our students, schools, and profession.  Many NBCTs have shared our stories about why

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