Recent Blog Posts
In my last blog post I talked about how excited the conference group was about the teacherpreneur concept. We talked about many different educational leadership roles to take on during our day, while still being able to teach children.
Unfortunately, every silver lining is wrapped up in a dark storm cloud. Even as we dreamed about the roles we would fill, we can also foresaw many pitfalls and hurdles that would be in our way.
Roadblocks and Barriers
Budget, budget, budget! How can we get away from the budget? It seems like every year here in California,...
By Jennifer Barnett
Jennifer Barnett has been teaching English and history for over 20 years. She is a co-author of TEACHING 2030 and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. She blogs at Reflect to Redirect and shares resources and student work on FHS Wolves Den and her professional wiki. This piece was orginially published in...
Ever been to a “prep” rally? It will be hard to top the one at Jennings High School in Jennings, Missouri where earlier this month teachers pumped up their students to take the EOC (End of Course) tests with a hip hop video.
The 4 minutes of rapping educators has gone viral. Check it out:
What do you think: is this brilliant and motivating? Sad misallocation of energy and resources? Harmless fun? Superficial noise? Teachers authentically connecting with students? Something else?
Your comments are welcome.
After the requisite rubber chicken lunch at the Good Teaching Conference hosted by the California Teachers Association last month, I scampered off to where I would be leading my workshop. The session was sparsely attended, with only 20 teachers, but what we lacked in numbers we made up for with energy and vigor.
We talked about the concept of a teacherpreneur. A teacherpreneur is not a new concept; it has been around for a while and is sometimes called a teacher leader, sometimes a hybrid teacher. What we’re talking about is a teacher who spends a...
Sweating my way through a workout the other day, I stumbled across an article titled Getting Principals to Think Like Managers in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Considering that nearly every expert on the 21st Century principalship would argue that leading schools is about WAY more than "managing," the title caught my eye.
The bit details a supposedly whiz-bang 2-year school leadership program run by the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Apparently there are a TON of districts using Race to the Top cash to put their principals through Darden's paces in an...
By Jessica Hahn
Jessica Hahn has taught elementary grade children for six years in Phoenix and New York City. She has a master’s degree in literacy from Teachers College and began doctoral work in curriculum and teaching there as well. She is a member of the Teacher Leaders Network and currently teaches 1st grade in Brooklyn. This post was originally published on Learning Matters' website, as part of its "Why I Teach" series.
I turned the page of Maya’s...
By Anna L. Martin
Anna L. Martin is a resource teacher at Lee Mathson Middle School and a member of the Bay Area New Millennium Initiative. This piece was originally published in SEEN Magazine.
Like many other husbands, I’m coaxed to watch Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday nights. I resisted at first, but I’ve actually started to care about the characters at Seattle Grace Mercy Whatever-It’s-Called Hospital. I’ve also learned a thing or two from the show, like how colleges and universities can improve teacher preparation.
Grey’s is set in a teaching hospital, one where interns and visiting doctors can sit behind a glass window and peer into the operating room. They can see the wizardry of top-notch professionals live and discuss it as a group. In one episode, surgeons tweeted the steps of a risky procedure, complete with photo and video links, to teach colleagues worldwide.
Why don’t more university teacher prep...
By Nancy Gardner
A renewed NBCT with over 26 years of experience in grades 7-12, Nancy Gardner currently teaches senior English at Mooresville High School in Mooresville, N.C. She is also chair of the English Department and the Senior Project Coordinator. This post was originally published on Learning Matters' website, as part of its "Why I Teach" series.
Teachers must make somewhere around 5,000 decisions a day — so it’s no wonder I often cannot answer the...
Taylor Mali’s brilliant performance poem “What Teachers Make” has over 3.8 million views on YouTube. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a must-see.
Mali, a former teacher and now full-time globe-trotting poet/advocate/recruiter for the teaching profession, has followed up his most successful poem with a book of the same title. I read it in 2 sittings and it made me feel great— it’s a highly recommended “just-cause” or end-of-year gift for a teacher in your life.
The small, novelty-sized hardcover is broken into 26 vignettes, with several of Mali’s poems...