I didn't have my own classroom at my previous brick and mortar teaching job. I hated every second of the traveling, mostly because I had cankles and could barely see my feet over my pregnant belly, but also because I don't like to share. One of my colleagues actually counted his pencils after I had ... » Learn More about 5 Things I Miss About My Traditional Teaching Gig
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Valley High School: my first full-time teaching gig, my first true love. My colleagues and I were passionate about our low-income school where the free and reduced lunches and special education population were twice the size of those in neighboring districts. It was an uphill battle, but varied ... » Learn More about 6 Secrets of Successful Co-Teaching
Lots of local pals read my blog. I tell you that not to toot my own horn, but to explain why I can't name names or go into too much detail regarding a situation that absolutely should have had--AND STILL SHOULD HAVE--legal ramifications because of the absolute lunacy and ... » Learn More about When Things Fall Apart: The Abuse of School Board Power
Raise your hand if you know teachers who spend their own money on classroom stuffs. That's a rhetorical question, you guys. EVERYONE knows a teacher who forks over cash money for extra pencils, classroom decor, or to supplement their lesson plans. The average teacher actually spends, like, $500 ... » Learn More about Fueling Education
When a sophomore boy came crashing backpack first through my classroom window, I was standing inches from the rainstorm of glass. Completely unscathed, the student and his friends ran snickering from the scene. Shattered debris had destroyed the reading nook I'd created with my own money and high ... » Learn More about What’s the Secret?