Mildly Melancholy, another young teacher who's frustrated with her school, struggles with the job market and her career plans....


As part an international festival at his school, Mister Teacher had his 3rd graders write fortunes like those you'd find in fortune cookies. The things they came up with are priceless....


TMAO of Teaching in the 408 explains (sort of) why he's quitting. Sounds like, to carry out a metaphor he uses, he was consumed in the fires of his own dedication to his disadvantaged students—which apparently had him working 80-hour weeks. He puts it in typically poetic fashion: I'm not happy unless I'm being the teacher I see in my head, but the process of finding that guy and living as him no longer makes me happy. . Commenting on TMOA's decision, Chris Lehamn, a Philadelphia high school principal, decries school systems' perpetuation of the notion that young teachers can ...


Science teacher Andrea of Andrea's Buzzing About worries that our results-now educational environment has made many teachers and students forget that learning can be difficult and that feeling "stupid" during the process is not necessarily something to be ashamed of: We also need to help our students understand that learning is anything but a neat, tidy linear process. There’s frequently a lot of review, of practice, stopping to put stuff into context, more review, more practice, looking at the context again now that things make more sense, et cetera ad infinitum. In other words, it’s highly recursive, and ...


TMAO of Teaching at the 408, a signature teacher-blogger who's long been frustrated with his school system, announces his resignation—and describes the TFA type he expects will have to replace him....


Cindi Rigsbee is inspired by the maturity of a group of high school juniors she recently met who, as participants in grow-your-own programs, are already on career paths to teaching. A lot, she reflects, has changed since she was that age: I think back on my junior year...I made a 3 on an Algebra test (out of 100), I broke my nose on the school bus, I "forgot" about my history report because I had to cheer at a basketball game (with a "mask" on my nose,) I went to the prom with my sister's future husband, and he ...


Classroom tech innovator Will Richardson even dreams about communicating through technology—from beyond the grave no less....


Nancy Flanagan considers the best teacher movies of all time. One way you know they don't reflect reality in schools, she notes, is that their lead characters are seldom women. Even so, gender aside, she admits her favorite is Mr. Holland's Opus—in part, it seems, because it's all too realistic: You have to love any movie where a teacher plans to cut and run for a real career, ends up staying in the classroom and impacting lives, then gets the boot as irrelevant after thirty years of masterful work. That’s entertainment....


Teacher blogger Tamara Fisher addresses the question of what makes a great gifted education teacher? One factor is getting over the assumption that "gifted children will make it just fine on their own."...


Brooklyn teacher Ariel Sacks feels that the controversial acquittal of the NYC police officers who killed Sean Bell (who was unarmed and brought down in barrage of more than 50 bullets) complicates her own message to students: I have been trying to compel my students, all of whom are black, to participate wholeheartedly in their education through the public system. I want my students to believe that if they continue on in school and go to college, the world holds unlimited opportunities for them. And it does… except that the verdict in Sean Bell’s case reminds us that this ...


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