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
Maybe that’s enough. These kids that hang around are safe, they aren’t doing anything illegal, they are enjoying each others company, and they are being respectful. We can see them, and they know it. They are choosing to be cared for on some strange level, not by participating in an after-school activity, but by simply being seen.Read More
I am a brand new teacher. After reading Teacher in a Strange Land’s most recent blog post, “Ten Alternative Tips for New Teachers,” a series of questions lingered in my mind. Shouldn’t new teachers already know these things before steppingRead 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.
Some days, I feel like I have a lot in common with Justin Bieber. There are always thousands of people who want to watch me perform at my job. Well, maybe not thousands but sometimes it seems that there are tooRead More
I'm young, fairly young, and I've been teaching for almost fifteen years. Since I entered the profession, I can say that I've seen a change in my students. Maybe I hadn't noticed it when I was younger and didn't payRead More
There once was a passionate teacher, Who cheered with her students in bleachers. Then bubble sheets came, "Data management” reigned, And now her students can’t reach her. *Sometimes, a seemingly-nonsensical poem just says thingsbest.Read More
We’ve all experienced it… The grouchy cafeteria worker, the angry bus driver, and even the scary teacher. It’s a sad truth that most of us adults can probably remember an encounter with an unpleasant and unfriendly teacher or school workerRead More
The bond between a teacher and her students runs deep. Students treasure their teacher, every piece of her presence. They prize her quirks, her expectations, her hugs, and her voice. Students believe in their teachers. Other adults may be flawed,Read More
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit around a table with a group of educators. As usual I really didn’t say much. I have often felt as though what I had to say was irrelevant or my choice of wordsRead More