There’s a weird point in every teacher’s career when you realize that you’re no longer a new teacher. Your actions change. Your attitude hardens. You are a completely different animal. One day, you’re a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, first-year teacher. Then you wake up, and suddenly, you’re in your fifth year. And for some reason, you’re … Continue reading 10 Signs You’re No Longer the New Teacher in the Building
We should stop “celebrating” Valentines Day in elementary-school classrooms. Every year about this time, it’s the same thing for parents of young grade-school students: Time to buy a box of cheap Valentine’s Day cards for everyone in their child’s class so that no child gets more, or less, declarations of love than anyone else. Of … Continue reading Is Valentine’s Day at an elementary school a good idea?
I see you, fellow teacher, sitting in the back of the faculty, department, or staff meeting. It’s the end of the day, you’re exhausted, and the thoughts in your head aren’t exactly positive and glowing. They might not even be “school appropriate,” as your administrator goes on in great detail about the new rules for … Continue reading 10 Things Teachers Think During Staff Meetings (But Don’t Say)
Dear School Administrator, Okay, I get it. Your job is hectic and thankless. You spend a good portion of your days dealing with all sorts of issues and are constantly having to update your files with the latest educational acronyms. Appropriate & Inappropriate behavior Worksheet / life skills However, while we deal with children, we … Continue reading Dear School Administrator, Please Treat Teachers Like the Grown-Ups That We Are