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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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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photo credit: David Gallagher El Crystal School 1970-1971 2nd Grade via photopin (license)

Society is Shaped in the Elementary Classroom

Yolanda Wheelington Current Affairs, Education, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Love, Mathematics, National Board Certification, Parent Involvment, Professional Development, Religion, Science, Social Issues, Sports, Teacher Leadership

Renewable Resources Most agree that social justice in America is becoming more questionable. We are a nation drenched in biases, prejudices, and mistreatments. We have a multitude of programs and initiatives aimed at righting these wrongs ranging from the Civil

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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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The Magic of the National Board Process: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Beth Maloney Education, Education Policy, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

My friends tease me about my stash of office supplies that I constantly carry, sticky notes raining in my wake as I walk and highlighters filling every pocket. My house looks like Mission Control as binders bristling with sticky flags

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