July 2006 Archives

Entering her 10th year in teaching this fall, Junior High School Teacher is starting to think about the future—i.e., does she see herself being a teacher for the next 10 years? On the pro side, she views teaching as “the most important contribution I’ve made so far in my life. … I’ve made a difference as a teacher.” But there’s a major con: She feels she’s being worn down by the “political climate of teaching”—which, for her, primarily takes the form of mandated, one-size-fits all curricula: Last year I threw out almost every thing ...


California ELL teacher TMAO posts his goals for his recent South American jaunt to Peru, along with the outcomes of each. (You read that right: TMAO had goals for his vacation.) One of which, to ride an alpaca, was not as easy as it sounded: "They are, however, delicious. Much like veal without that guilty feeling." But what teacher travels without bringing back the goods for the kids? To wit, goal #4: Return with Incan artifacts suitable for use in 6th and 7th grade social studies classrooms. Not so much. I did learn that "Inca" referred only to the individual ...


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