Students · Teachers

#FTK: For The Kids

“Why am I here?” Yes, I ask myself that question while standing in front of my kids. But more often, I ask myself that question at 8:00 p.m. in an otherwise empty copy room. I ask myself that question at 8:00 a.m. at a Starbucks…on a Saturday. I ask myself that question as I get… Continue reading #FTK: For The Kids

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Curriculum · Teachers

Lesson planning in my sleep (literally)

I had a unique experience last night: I dreamed a lesson plan. It wasn’t perfect. In fact, it turns out that, while I thought I was adding on some reflection questions to an activity I’d already planned for today, these reflection questions that I dreamed were on a different subject. Still, they were GOOD questions:… Continue reading Lesson planning in my sleep (literally)

Legislation · Teachers

5 things that would fix teacher prep programs – or would they?

While at dinner with friends last night, a problem that I often pore over came up: that of teacher preparation. I’d like to offer a disclaimer before I go any further in this post: I was not  adequately prepared my first year of teaching. That led to many tears on my part…and probably on the… Continue reading 5 things that would fix teacher prep programs – or would they?

Legislation · Teachers

The limited influence of teachers; or, why I’m starting this blog

Teaching is unique. I can think of no other profession as influential as education. Sure, accountants are important. Lawyers and judges can affect millions with a single decision. The person responsible for making sure that the sewer pipes stay unclogged absolutely deserves our respect. But without teachers, none of those people would exist. Even the… Continue reading The limited influence of teachers; or, why I’m starting this blog