This week many teachers across the national will find out whether or not they have achieved National Board Certification. For new NBCTs the excitement and relief of certifying will overshadow any immediate personal or professional plans. These teachers have workedRead More
So I show up for work this morning and immediately have to deal with a challenging student. This kid is the typical, “emotionally disturbed” kid who is strategically placed so that if he throws himself onto the floor in anRead More
My original plan was to continue the fiery debate from my last post, but a strange thing happened last week. I shed a tear while watching a movie. No, I wasn’t crying. I’m a guy and you’ve already read aboutRead More
I was raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation; in a small community called Rough Rock. I know what it is like to do homework with the light from a kerosene lamp, chop wood, cook for younger siblings, and take careRead More
I read Bill Ferriter’s blog this week about the story of Mitchell 20, a movie about 20 Phoenix elementary teachers who chose to pursue National Board certification as a way to take control of the one thing they could control:Read More
I was lucky. My situation was unique – I started teaching at the same high school I had graduated. My former teachers were my mentors. I remember being the "newbie" teacher – first year teaching experience and the entire EnglishRead More
Each year, I host teaching interns or student teachers (or both) as they move through teacher-preparation programs through local universities. During this process I am able to “pay things forward” by coaching other inspired people to be the best teachersRead More
Personal Facebook friends of mine know that, from time to time, I post links, blogs and overall feelings about the teaching profession in addition to the usual, daily things like, “Alaina Adams is eating Frosted Flakes right now.” On SeptemberRead More
In Arizona each school district is required to have a new teacher and principal evaluation in place by December 15, 2011. The requirements are slightly different than we are accustomed to. Now, 33-50% of the evaluation is weighted by studentRead More
Do you have any elephants or gorillas in your ark? You might want to consider letting them out.
They’re stinking up the place.