Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Grind of Teaching & An Antidote

Last week, NPR launched a story with this preface: “Starting any new job can be tough. Starting a new job as a teacher is brutal. Research shows that roughly 1 teacher out of 10 will quit by the end of...
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Teachers Talk: Interview Questions

Teachers Talk: Interview Questions     Name? Current position? How long have you been in education? What’s a little known fact about you? When does your job feel the hardest? What helps you get through those hard days? What makes...
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Teachers Talk Interview: Leigh O’Brien

Name? Leigh O’Brien Current position? Professor of Education How long have you been in education? 35 years (!), first as a preschool teacher and for the last 20+ years as a college professor What’s a little known fact about you?...
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New Series: Teaching with Heart Interviews

The Teaching with Heart Interviews Over the last ten years, we have worked with hundreds of teachers helping them write about their life and work. In helping them write and then edit these narratives, we have come to deeply appreciate...
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November Giveaway!

Albert Camus wrote:  “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Now that the school year has hit a rhythm — what new project, approach, or curriculum is blooming in your world?...
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October Giveaway Winner!

We’re delighted to announce that Randi Winters is the winner of the October Giveaway.  Congratulations Randi! Be sure to check out her thoughtful reflection on Rumi’s “The Guesthouse” in the comment section of Monthly Giveaways.  ...
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What Went Well

Kids want us, not just our information! Standards-based curriculum and pedagogy are the #1 priorities in our schools, but they are only part of what helps children grow up happy, whole, and successful. Who we are in our classrooms has...
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How do you help your students reach for the stars?

President Obama recently wrote an open letter to parents of American school children. In that letter he raised concerns both in his role as President but also as a father about the increased role of testing in American education. Here...
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