Today was a rare opportunity. The Special Education office for my district brought together all core academic department chairs for secondary education. The leaders of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts- and Special Education -- spent the day talking about the challenges of team teaching. Since I am new to my school this year, I was really happy to have a structured setting in which to develop a colleagial relationship with my fellow DC's. They have worked together for some time, and the four of them are very friendly and supportive with each other. I felt like the odd man ...


I am still trying to figure out middle school. It IS different from high school. Many of you are thinking, Duh! I'm still figuring out the steps to learning for early adolescents. Last week my teaching assignment was changed. Instead of team-teaching 8th grade science and social studies, I'm team-teaching 7th grade Language Arts. It's hard to make such a change after a month of school, but these things happen. I'm sorry to leave the science classroom, because that is a new subject for me and I was looking forward to that experience. Mr. Spence and I were developing into ...


I just took two days off from school. My husband and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary - 25 years! I have been married more than half my life. It has passed so quickly, and usually happily. It's the only thing I've done for that long - except for mothering. In my school, like most any school, a lot of the teachers have many many years in the classroom. I look around and see combined centuries of experience. I like to take advantage of their experience - I now have only 3 years in - by asking questions and seeking ...


School's in full swing, yet I feel as though I'm just getting started. I am organizing files, reading the materials for class, trying to remember all my student's names. I'm also trying to remember all the faculty and staff names at my new school - Southern Middle School in Lothian, Maryland. Lothian is a rural/suburban community. The school is surrounded by beautiful open farm land, although housing developments continue to be a cash crop for our community. A good portion of our students live in mobile home parks. Some of our families live in expansive waterfront communities with all ...


First week is over. Whew! As a Department Chair, I teach only one 8th grade class a day. Blue day is Social Studies, White Day is Science, but the group of students is the same both days. The teachers are different -- I co-teach with two general educators. I am the constant between the two classes. In Social Studies, Day One was all the usual administrative stuff. That was followed with brainstorming about the American identity, and brief writing of notes and a paragraph of prose. The "paragraphs" were various lengths, from one phrase to a full page. Day Two ...


Three years ago I was one of the new teachers at Arundel High School. A 45 year old new teacher. I was bringing a lot of experience to the classroom -- but the experience was as a parent, a childcare provider, a business owner, a writer. My experience was not in the classroom as a teacher. I was enthusiastic but terrified. The second and third years were easier. Less terrifying because I knew what to expect. I knew Arundel's school policies, grading procedures, discipline patterns, hallways, and staff. I knew a lot of students, and knew a lot about our ...


Un momento por favor. This week I was a struggling learner in Spanish class. I want to become fluent in Spanish, so I challenged myself to learn this new language. I grew up hearing Danish at home, although I did not really use it myself. I studied French in high school and college (I’m not fluent, though I should be). I am interested in multicultural studies and anthropology, so I seek out other cultures. You would think learning Spanish would be easy. There are a lot of Latino people in Maryland now, although not that many students in my ...


Traveling in a car is a great opportunity for me to read. Brought two books with me on this current trip to Savannah Georgia. Thought I would pass on a mini-review. First, I've finished Inside Mrs. B's Classroom by Leslie Baldacci. It's the story of a career changer who enters the classroom for all the usual reasons. She is eager, and experienced in many things, used to dealing with lots of people and confident of her skills. Much like many of us who become teachers. And, like almost all of us, she struggled with school politics, limited resources, and student ...


I am having an intense learning experience. I live in Maryland, but I'm currently in St. Louis with my sister and family. My sister Eva is an artist, and her husband Paul is director of a museum. It was open studio weekend, and I visited galleries and studio space with them, meeting lots of artists and supporters of artists. I asked everyone lots of questions. I learned a lot that I did not know before. I saw much that was beautiful, and much that led to more questions. I also visited the Cahokia Mounds in Illinois -- the remains of ...


I am in the middle. I’m in between schools. I am no longer a high school English teacher at Arundel High. I am not yet a middle school Science and Social Studies teacher, but I will be this fall. I’m changing positions – instead of being a three-period-a-day teacher, I’ll co-teach one class and serve as Special Education Department Chair at Southern Middle School in Lothian, Maryland. So I’ll be in the middle of the administration and the faculty, the parents and the students. It’s the middle of summer, and I’m in the middle of ...


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