In the world of education, the topic of mentoring comes up incredibly often. In a profession where a growing number of people leave within the first five years, it makes sense that we would focus on how to help new teachers adjust to the stresses of the job. Between grading, attending meetings, learning new policies,… Continue reading From Mentee to Mentor
Recently, my district has been making a shift toward a more personalized learning structure for our students. As part of this, we have implemented a variety of pieces of the personalized learning honeycomb. As professionals, we are each implementing new aspects into our classrooms, moving at our own paces. To be quite honest, I’ve been… Continue reading What REALLY happens when you give students choice & voice in the classroom
The strong, silent type. The one who rarely speaks, yet when they do, it speaks volumes. The powerful introvert with confidence, grace, and dignity. As a society, we think so highly of these people and often view them with such regard. I know I’ve shared this sentiment. Their stoic nature is admirable, and I’ve found… Continue reading I Will Never Be The Quiet One
For thousands of years, humans have been on the quest for immortality. The Fountain of Youth has been sought after by some of the most notable explorers and conquerors of their age. Centuries of philosophers, writers, scholars, and everyday people have lamented over aging and death. This desire for eternal life and to remain young… Continue reading Immortality Discovered
I often talk, and write, about how important a profession teaching is. I spend a lot of time reflecting on how meaningful our impact is on our students. It is arguably one of the most significant vocations that exists. With such strong feelings toward education, it might seem like this profession is one that I… Continue reading To the teacher who changed my life
Traditionally, grades have been viewed as a black-and-white point value or percentage that corresponds with a letter on a given scale. These letters and percentages have been assigned meaning through various educational stakeholders to the degree that influential and important decisions are made using them. This ABCDF grading scale is mistakenly perceived as fair and… Continue reading One Teacher’s Argument Supporting Standards-Based Grading Reform
As I listen to friends and family of mine talk about their work, I’m consistently reminded of how lucky I am to do what I do. Not because of the summer and holidays off, or because of the highly coveted schedule (because doesn’t everyone love to answer 5,000 questions before 8:00 am?!). Not because of… Continue reading Teaching is more than a job- It’s a vocation.