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July 22, 2011

We're More Than Just Teachers, We're Experienced Beginners

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. As a beginning educator embarking on a career in schools, I am constantly reflecting on how I can improve what I do and, more deeply, who I am. My series this week was about exploring why I'm at risk of failure as a beginni...

July 21, 2011

In Time, A New Mindset: The Beginner Mentors the Veteran

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. As a beginning teacher, I've experienced times when communicating with my colleagues has been challenging. I've discovered that allowing alternative perspectives to inform my own, not just working harder as an individual, i...

July 20, 2011

If We All Want Student Success, Why Don't We Allow It Of One Another?

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. On Monday, I introduced my central belief for this week: all teachers, regardless of their background experience or training, need one another to grow as an educator. Yesterday, I explained that regardless of the assets I h...

July 19, 2011

Success Breeding Failure: When Working Hard Wasn't Going To Be Enough

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. Yesterday, I made the case that beginning teachers have an amazing potential to shape the development of their colleagues. Today, I want to begin by explaining what assets I felt I developed in my early years as a teacher a...

July 18, 2011

Not Just a Beginning Teacher

Note: Cole Farnum, a teacher in New York City, is guest-posting this week. "Well, Cole, what do you think we should do next year?" an experienced colleague asked me regarding changes to the way our school approached behavior management. We were near the end of our school year, sitting together in ...

July 15, 2011

Making Sense of Math and Science: It's Elementary

Note: Zak Champagne, an award-winning teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, is guest-posting this week. So I have spent my week guest blogging about a few topics that have been at the forefront of my mind during my career as an educator and I cannot thank each of you enough for your considerate affirma...

July 14, 2011

The Often Unrecognized Sign of an Effective Teacher

Note: Zak Champagne, an award-winning teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, is guest-posting this week. With all of our recent conversation about the importance of keeping great teachers in the classroom, it becomes important to understand what an effective teacher looks like. It is a very tough, and ...

July 12, 2011

A Classroom Career Ladder for Teachers

Note: Zak Champagne, an award-winning teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, is guest-posting this week. First and foremost I am blown away by the amazing and thoughtful remarks in reference to my first post, "Just a Teacher." (If you haven't read that post, it will most likely make more sense to read ...

July 11, 2011

Just a Teacher

Note: Zak Champagne, an award-winning teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, is guest-posting this week. I have been a classroom teacher for thirteen years in Jacksonville, Florida. I have taught hundreds of students, received numerous awards for my teaching, completed an advanced degree, and have o...

July 08, 2011

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: From the Classroom...and Columbia

Hi folks. So, I'm about to take a break from the hustle and bustle of RHSU for the better part of a month. I'm going to be doing some teaching at UPenn and Rice, cranking it up on my "Cage-Busting Leadership" book (more on that in the fall), and taking a little downtime. It being summer and all, I...

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