Veteran Teachers Feel they Get a Bad Rap

Veteran teacher working with students.  Source: www.tampabay.com

Veteran teacher working with students.
Source: http://www.tampabay.com

An LA Times article by columnist Sandy Banks discusses the tension that exist between rookie teachers and veteran teachers. Read More…

Do You Want to Know What’s Wrong? Follow the Money!

Scantron FormCan you imagine a world where the learning focus of the district, school, teachers, and parents is centered on project-based learning? Sounds impossible right? Well, the PBS Newshour did an expose on one small school district in Kentucky that is doing just that. Read More…

What Teacher’s Make!

Teacher works with a student.  Source: seattleschools.org

Teacher works with a student.
Source: seattleschools.org

Often as I read and research for posting on this blog I become downtrodden and question whether the my work on this blog, your work as readers, and the work of many educators/allies across the country is worth it. In other words, sometimes the attacks on teachers get to me. Especially when they become coupled with delegitimizing my choice to become teacher. Then I turn to this video for some motivation and realise that the work done across the country by great educators and educators who aspire to be great are not in vain.

Despite what many may say, teaching is hard! There are no quick fixes. There are no simple solutions. You can’t get more out of less. And it takes a special person to truly EDUCATE students day after day. Taylor Mali understands that, because he is a teacher.

Money won’t make great educators.

“The Union has Brought Communities Together”

Shelli Shaddy, CPS Teacher  Source: Chicago Tonight

Shelli Shaddy, CPS Teacher
Source: Chicago Tonight

Congratulations to my Teach Plus Colleague Shelli Shadday on advocating on behalf of highly-effective teachers on Chicago Tonight. My favorite quotation came to her response to the union’s “fiery” rhetoric and whether it was fueling the distrust between the community and the district:

I think the Union has come out and brought communities together in a way we haven’t seen communities come together in a really long time. And its amazing to see parents and students come together to say, “I want my school! Don’t close my place of education. My safe space that I would rather stay at even when I am sick.”

Watch the entire interview by clicking here.