I have always been a proud supporter of public education. I started my teaching career in 1997 and I passionately believed that if we all continued to work together, we could make the world better for our children and teach them tolerance and acceptance. I believed that the best and most innovative learning environment was the result of a great teacher with a devotion to working with children. The best place for children to learn these things was, naturally, in a public school with a diverse environment. Then in 2002, the 107th Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind Act, and everything changed. In 2003, I had my first son, and took some time away from teaching. Going back into the classroom in 2008, I still had that passion. I was visibly enthusiastic about all the ways I could help my students learn. Then my son went into first grade and I started to worry. Continue reading Mis-Education
I became a teacher by accident. I left teaching on purpose. Continue reading I Used to be a Teacher, But I Changed
This column will tackle the intersections of teaching ESL, language, the economy, immigration, the American middle class dream, and sometimes food. Continue reading Teacher, How Much Money Do You Make?
“Have you always wanted to teach but can’t full time?” -From a want ad for adjunct instructors.
Because Pinterest is influencing education, will it rule the world? If we believe that “He who controls the schools will control the world,” Pinterest will rule the world. Continue reading Pinterest Will Rule the World
Recently, a colleague in the teaching profession updated her Facebook status to say that her check was less this month due to increased taxes. Morale in the teaching profession is already low. Having a check be even smaller is just popping the blister on a burn. I’ve spent the last five years bringing home, at the MOST, $2022 each month, working 14 hours a day, and spending my own money on supplies. So, when I saw the preview for American Teacher on TV, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to watch it. When you are already burned out, seeing the pitiful state of education laid out in a film is like popping that blister and rubbing salt on it. Continue reading Inspiring Revolution
“You should be a teacher!”
I never thought about working in a one-room schoolhouse or a multi-age classroom. I have taught a combination classroom, two grades, but never more than that. So many things must happen at each developmental level, I never could see how it worked. Continue reading My Version of a One-Room Schoolhouse