Education Issues

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What Teachers Wish Parents Knew

May 2, 2022

As my children come home from school with stories about what one teacher did or didn’t do, I’ve had to carefully consider how to filter what my child says with what I know to be true as a teacher. Here’s what I think your child’s teacher would want parents to know:   1. There are…

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How To Work as a Teaching Team

April 25, 2022

My first year of teaching, I worked on a teaching team with the two other teachers who taught 8th-grade literature. They were extremely kind, and we got along fine. But I never asked for help. In fact, I thought the meetings were a waste of time because I had so many things to do.  As…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – The School Counselor

March 30, 2022

School counselor Brittany Powe-Inge provides a raw depiction of her experience teaching through the pandemic.  I can still remember the day we were called into the Principal’s office. No one likes that feeling right? We were notified that we had a couple of days to prepare our students for Virtual Learning….It was scary and nerve-wracking.…

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6 Tips for Classroom Management With Grace

March 28, 2022

There are a million “red light/green light” charts on Pinterest, here are 6 tips to really tackle classroom management with love and grace. Spring fever is in the air; the weather is warming up, and your students can sense summer lingering in the just-out-of-reach distance. Antsy students can sometimes lead to an uptick in behavioral…

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Abbott Elementary For Teachers – An Interview with Kate Peterman

March 21, 2022

Abbott Elementary, the documentary-style comedy on ABC about teachers in an elementary school, is a certifiable hit. The show strikes the right balance between humor and honesty that makes it relatable, but still entertaining, even for teachers who are going through some stuff right now. We sat down with one of the writers on the…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – MN Teacher on Strike

March 15, 2022

Ms. Alexis Mann joins us today to talk about her work teaching through the pandemic with at-risk students and her take on the teacher’s union strike in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Can you give us an idea of what teaching through the pandemic has looked like for you up to this point? I work at a federal…

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Teaching Through the Pandemic – Abigail Simms

March 9, 2022

So many emotions come with the topic of “Teaching through the pandemic.”   Frustration fills me when I realize that, two years later, we are still teaching through a pandemic.   Anxiety arises over the fact that, at any moment, we may have to pivot and adjust our learning model.   Discouragement creeps in with knowing that our…

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Phonemic Awareness In Reading Instruction

March 7, 2022

Why Use Phonemic Awareness for Reading Instruction? One of my first experiences with phonemic awareness reading instruction was about 10 years ago when I tutored a kindergarten student who was not making adequate progress in reading at the end of the second quarter. When I began tutoring her in January of her kindergarten year, I…

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Celebrating the History of Women in Education

March 2, 2022

In honor of March’s Women’s History Month, we’ve gathered resources on some of the most influential women in education, both past, and present. These incredible women blaze paths for equity in education and have helped shape the way you teach today.  Felicitas Mendez – Puerto Rican mother and activist whose three children were rejected by…

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Expert Teacher Advice From a Retired Teacher

February 21, 2022

Author’s Note: As a teacher, I sometimes found it soothing to call a beloved retired teacher and regale her with the funny and hard about my days. She could relate to so much, but, even more, she had so much wisdom to share. For those of you who don’t have a former teacher related to…

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