A Food Chain of Teachers

For days on end a little titmouse has flown against the vaulted window in our front room. Starting at daybreak and returning again and again until nightfall, it seems to want entrance or passage –persistently undaunted by the fact that neither is obtainable. Trying to see from its point of view, we removed an eye-level reproduction of a little red cardinal perched in a silk plant on top a bookcase. It made no difference whatsoever. Bonk, bonk, bonk, its little beak repeatedly sounds its single-minded, albeit questionable, undertaking. It’s getting a little on my nerves....more

The Hardest Thing I hope I ever write- part 2 of 3

Day 2 of a temporary break in my self depricating humor and blaming the worlds woes on celebrities and gravity. Today I am going to let you in to one of the most personal issues of my life. It’s a long post and probably not funny to anyone. I don’t apologize. If you haven't read part 1, you probably should do that first. OK so remember in Part 1 where I said this entire post /  thread would probably be controversial?  We are officially entering that part. This is where I try to explain a lot in a short post, I will fail.  ...more

The Common Denominator

 What do teachers and students have in common?  They're all people.  Too often, this similarity is overlooked if not entirely forgotten.  Teachers good and bad fall into their roles, and students, often with some resistance, follow suit.  Ignoring humanity in our school systems does no one any favors, and it only gets worse as the government focuses on test scores and statistics instead of on students.As I considered who to highlight here, the choices seemed endless.  I could choose the tech teacher, who let me come to class late if I brought him coffee...more

Transported Back to a Moment...

Isn't it funny how sometimes just seeing an object can instantly transport you back to a moment?...more

Thanks, Grace!

Velya Jancz-Urban at www.chicapeeps.com, chicapeeps@gmail.com


This Teacher Loves "Glee," And Here's Why:

But the main reason I love Glee is this, and I dare say it’s politically incorrect to the max. Might I add that being politically correct has never been important to me? I love Glee because it’s so refreshingly wonderfully awesome to see classes taught in school by instructors who know how to do what they’re teaching and do it well. ...more

Gifts for Teachers: Beyond the Apple

Tis the season. How do people feel about monetary collections put towards gift certificates for teachers? I got my e-mail from the classroom mom last week. My husband happened to see the message and claimed that the practice might be unethical - he works at a hospital and cannot accept large gifts from patients. I said I didn't see the difference between 20 small token gifts and one large gift. ...more

The State of Education is Not the Fault of Our Teachers

Let me begin by saying that I do understand that not all teachers are the best educators. But I truly believe based on my experiences and talking with others in the teaching profession that teachers really are good hearted people. We all want what is best for our students. But, there are forces at work that keep us from doing what is best for our children....more

RTI stands for Response to Intervention. It is the process that teachers, parents, and other ...more

Would You Call a Teacher By Her First Name?

When I was a teacher, my students called me by my first name. There were a few teachers at the school who asked to be addressed by their last name, but it was far more common for students to use our first names. I entered this school from a conservative all-girls school, where I was scolded by the principal for asking the girls to use my first name, and the students themselves didn't know what to make of a teacher who asked to simply be called Melissa. Prior to that job, I was teaching at the university level, where my students, once again, called me by my first name at my request. ...more
I mean kids should be able to call teachers by their first names because are we not equals? No ...more

Simple Things You Can Do to Help Teachers

As a former teacher, the statistic sounds fairly accurate. I worked at a school where we had money for supplies, but I still ended up having a portion of my books and homegoods migrate into our classroom. A friend who works for an inner city school that doesn't have enough money for supplies is constantly asking us to chip in a small amount in order to make sure the kids have markers and paper. ...more

I just bought a Sweet Deal on Mamapedia, and they donate 5% of every purchase to the school you ...more

Motherly Advice

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all parents and kids are not created equally, but are wholly individual in personality and style. Regardless of these differences, the basic needs of love, patience and support remain constant....more