This was a direct quote from a future teacher as she left my room after her first observation. Directly after hearing this, I was conflicted with emotions. As I am quickly approaching my mid-30s, my vanity was flattered that I couldRead 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
How sophisticated is your teacher? This is the question many teachers will be asked starting in fall 2012. New teaching standards and teacher evaluations will be rolled out in Arizona and in many other states. New teacher evaluations will beRead More
The long summer months have created quite a longing for me to hear drops of water falling. Finally, this past weekend there was music to my ears as the rain came down. It was blissful. However, when I walked intoRead 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
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