As we approach the end of the school year, as the state tests are distributed, and as we slowly wind down to the end of school, it is very easy for all of us (teachers included) to loose sight of the fact that… school isn’t over! Yet, around this time, we start to see […]
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There is no doubt that the hardest part of teaching is the emotional labor we perform, day in and day out. That is, the lifting of our students spirits, keeping a straight face when they do something bad, even though it was really really funny. Doing our best to not get visibly angry and frustrated […]
Emotional labor is an invisible but powerful force that is felt but unseen to the inexperienced eye. It’s why moms are so good at making you feel better without applying medicine, and why it doesn’t bother you that you scraped your knee with dad, because you had such a great time (which mom cleaned and […]
In this 3rd part of The Conversation Series, I wrap up what I believe is the conversation we should be having right now regarding education. Recent tragedies have shed a new light upon the fact that the educational system is failing our students. We can no longer sit back and wait for lawmakers, researchers, or […]
In part two of the conversation, we discuss our students and take a macroscopic snapshot of where they are and what they are going through. They are facing different pressures than before, and because of that, our students have different needs There is no sense in trying to judge the merits of these needs; it […]
The role of the classroom, and school, has changed dramatically in our society. What is the NEW role of the classroom, and the school, in our NEW reality, and in the future? Before information was so freely accessible, the school house was one of the very few places one could have access to information (someone […]
When you travel to a new place, it always “feels” as if your voyage, your travel, takes a very long time. Why? Since you are traveling to a new destination, one that you have never been before, you are observing everything around you. Your senses are hightened, and because of your awareness of this new […]