Reflections of a Teacher Saying Goodbye

Beth Maloney Education, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Love, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

As my twenty-year classroom teaching career draws to a close, I feel the need to share my reflections and important things I’ve learned.   There is nothing more important than classroom community.  First and foremost, classroom community affects student behavior.  It

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Readiness for Remote Learning in Our Innovative School

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Assessment, Current Affairs, Education, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, Teacher Leadership

              Since Arizona closed schools March 16, like my Stories from School colleagues and many other people around the world, I have experienced alternating episodes of hope, tears, escapism, distress, mental dispersal, zen, joy,

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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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COVID-19, 2020. When Districts Remain Open.

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues

In the light of COVID-19 concerns, the familiar juxtaposition of professional athletes’ salaries to teacher pay takes on a new context. Why is every public event I can think of cancelled in every community I know, while many districts will

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