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Mis-Education

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 […]

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I Used to be a Teacher, But I Changed

I became a teacher by accident. I left teaching on purpose. 

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Teacher, How Much Money Do You Make?

This column will tackle the intersections of teaching ESL, language, the economy, immigration, the American middle class dream, and sometimes food.

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Dispatch from Adjunct Land 1

“Have you always wanted to teach but can’t full time?” -From a want ad for adjunct instructors.

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Pinterest Will Rule the World

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.

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Inspiring Revolution

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 […]

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REPA II: Teachers Without Training

“You should be a teacher!” “No.”

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My Version of a One-Room Schoolhouse

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.

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Let Them Build Forts

I am teaching a multi-age classroom this year, covering three grades. It is quite a difference from teaching a traditional classroom of one grade. There are times I miss having only kindergarten. But I have wonderful students that make this year so rewarding. I’ve discovered several things with my students:

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Reviving the Idea of a One Room School House

Recently, I started teaching in a private school setting. While this is not my first foray into this type of classroom, it has been a LONG time. My last private school adventure took place in a third and fourth grade class. This year I am teaching kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. How, you ask, is that […]

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Race and Young Children

Susan recently wrote a piece about American-Americans and color-blindness that gave me ~*feelings*~, and it made me think, “How do we teach our children about race?” Let me begin by saying that children are not stupid.

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Badass Bilingual Bitches

A state law calling for English-only in the public schools. A national movement of “Americanization.” Educators and administrators working to erase the home culture of their students. Sounds like today, right? Nope. Think 1900s Laredo, Texas and enter Jovita Idar and Leonor Villegas de Magnón who said, “Fuck that, our children deserve better.”

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Can You Pass Eleventh Grade?

This past week, education news outlets and blogs were abuzz when a school board member with impressive credentials took and could not pass the state standardized tests for students in his district. Rick Roach is a success by many definitions. From Marion Brady’s original piece (the first link): 

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What is the Price of Higher Education?

On Friday, the New York Times published an article entitled, “The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s.”  The piece describes a developing trend in the relationship between the academy and the workforce: namely, the fact that more and more employers are hiring Master’s holders, leading to a perceived devaluation of the Bachelor’s degree.

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Education in America: Illinois Tackles Seniority

After my second year of teaching, my district had a “reduction in force” and “RIF”ed (“let go” in layman’s speak) every single first, second, third, fourth, and fifth year teacher.