Recent irate response from actual teacher!! What's your opnion?

Just a recap of the previous conversation. I wrote this on my blog: Accommodating our expectations of students with mental challenges. (You may scroll down my blog page to r...more

Advanced Students and the Common Core Standards: What Should You Do?

Advanced Students and the Common Core Standards: What Should You Do? One of the greatest unanswered questions about...more

Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Becoming a parent made me appreciate two distinct contributors to a child’s life like never before: the mother and the teacher. As a younger-self, I had teachers who made me look at life differently and encouraged me to pursue passions–I also had ones who taught me how to overcome criticism, but that’s another post. When you’re a parent though and your child has a teacher who has directly impacted how they related to the world in a positive way you want to dedicate a shrine to them and have a parade in their honor....more

Just Give Newark Teachers A Raise

I fully support all 3,300 Newark school teachers and all teachers in America. They have one of the most important jobs in the country teaching the 37,000 school children in Newark (from I however disagree with the merit pay passed yesterday based on student performance....more

I Don't Want to Volunteer at School and You Can't Make Me

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter just started First Grade last week and everything is going well except for one thing. The one thing being that most of the other moms at the school are SAHMs (like me) and they volunteer in the classroom all of the time. I'm actually trying to start a small home-based business during the hours she's in school and want to devote my free time to that. But I've already had some of them pressure me or give me guilt trips because I haven't signed up to help out....more
I disagree with a few things written. Volunteering at school isn't about the other parents. It's ...more

'Twas the Night Before School Started

Note: I wrote this poem on August 18, 2010, for the first day of school.  Last year I posted it and so many said they enjoyed it, I decided to make it a yearly "Back to School" tradition!   Thought I would share it with you again.  May all of you have a blessed school year - whether student, teacher, or parent!...more

Stop Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week -- Unless You're Going to Do Something Else

Back when I was teaching in Canada (Linguistics courses at the University of Toronto), there was no Teacher Appreciation Week. I’m not even sure there was a Teacher Appreciation Day. And I find myself wondering if there should be one anywhere.Don't get me wrong. I know from experience that teachers work hard. I know that they are vital to the continuing success of our society and even of our planet. In my opinion, education, and therefore teachers, are key to just about everything.So why don't I think we should have Teacher Appreciation Week? Because I don't think society is truly appreciating teachers the way that we should....more
very interesting points. i agree. i think during TAW they should give teachers the FREEDOM to ...more

Gift Guide - For Teachers

All of us have had a teacher who has had a profound effect on our lives. One that may have influenced us by changing our future path or made us think of things differently....more

The Gift of Teachers

   Teachers amaze me.  They change lives every day with their magic.  NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) ended a few days ago.  Three 7th grade teachers encouraged their students to participate.  They gave students class time every day, a place to write, and motivated them with praise and competitions.  Their students wrote over three million words.  Seventeen of their students met the adult goal of 50,000 words in a month.  Pure magic!...more

First Do No Harm

My post for today, First Do No Harm - My Hippocratic Oath for Teachers