All about teachers and the world of teaching; teachers sharing their best and worst interactions with students, best teaching practices, the path to becoming a teacher, and more.
Common Core is NOT the Problem
It's everywhere nowadays, from parents throwing fits on Facebook to TikTokers bemoaning the current generation's lack of skills, and so on. They all have one complaint in common: "it's common core's fault."
I will do it myself.
I was a teacher for 26 years before I had to go on medical leave and then disability due to chronic illness in 2019. I worked with illness my entire life, but my body could not keep up anymore; teaching is so hard and the hours are long and demanding. In addition to teaching I had earned two master’s degrees, one in varying exceptionalities and one in library information science. I held various positions including special education teacher, behavior specialist, and school librarian.
The Simple Process Of Closely Watching Someone Else Teach
The cohort group exists so that its members can visit each other's classes and make observation of classroom instruction and interaction. For the purposes of the cohort groups, the content explored in the observed instruction is incidental to the process of the group. This does not mean, of course, that content is incidental, but it does allow instructors of different academic disciplines to joint together in one cohort group. A cohort group can be as small as two members, but it has been my experience that three or four is a better number. The reason for this larger number is largely incidental to actual practices; instead observing a larger number of ones colleagues allows one to pick up on and borrow more teaching techniques that one would observe were one only to visit one other instructor's classroom.
School's Out for Summer
While students throughout the U.S. are preparing for 2 to 3 months of summer vacation, most of the teachers are doubling down on work.
How to Reduce Inflammation Naturally
Overview Inflammation is a natural healing process that indicates a body fighting against different infections and diseases. But on the other hand, chronic inflammation can become a reason for severe illnesses. Here in this blog, we will share some interesting insights on the foods that can help you fight chronic inflammation and some exciting tips to reduce inflammation naturally.
An Audition Story
I walked up two flights of steps to the second floor of the music building on the way to my first ever audition for a college music program. I was nineteen and had decided to start taking classes at St. Petersburg Junior College. It was mid-August, hot and humid.
As a kid, I suffered from selective mutism (an acute anxiety response that paralyses the vocal chords). In a nutshell, I couldn't talk in certain environments - namely, at school. At home, I was a 'normal' vibrate, talkative kid. It was just as though my voice shut down as I approached school each morning and didn't switch back on until I was on my way home and well clear of the school gates. I remember becoming so overwhelmed with anxiety at school that my whole body froze, my eyes were like a deer's in the headlights, unable to respond to anyone. Needless to say, experiencing selective mutism (sm) made for a challenging childhood and often a traumatic schooling experience. School was generally an unpleasant experience for me. I struggled to form and maintain connections socially and being unable to assert myself vocally, my grades suffered too. But the worst part was, I had no idea what was wrong with me. As I kid of the seventies and eighties, not much was known about sm in my day. My 'problem' was generally dismissed as shyness. But I always sensed there was something more to it. Eventually, I concluded that I was somehow innately defective. I was a weirdo. In a class of my own.
Fly to Seoul - Teaching English in Korea
There’s an episode in season three of Keeping up with the Kardashians when Kris Jenner calls an interventionist (had no idea that such a job existed) to help Kim with her shopping addiction. My mother did the same thing the moment I announced I was moving to South Korea, however, instead of hiring an actual interventionist named Evan, as in the episode, she brought in an army of aunties, cousins, her best friend Linda, my two best friends Lauren and Tezza, my sister Kate and dad was forced to attend. My two brothers were charging mum by the hour to sit in on, what she called, ‘a family emergency.’
Fly to Seoul - teaching English in Korea
“Give me three reasons why you would like to come to Korea?” the interviewer asked me over Skype. I smiled as I collected my thoughts. Sure, I thought, I’ll give you three reasons.
Bringing Back Normalcy
The past year and a half has been the most unpredictable and in anyways the most tragic time that I could have lived through in modern history. Never had I imagined as I was making my New Year’s resolutions and watching the fireworks light up the New York skies surrounded by others beaming with hope of things to come in their eyes, that in just a few months the world would be united in a struggle for survival that would be unprecedented and unparalleled. My career choice helped to make matters a bit more complicated. I am a teacher, but not just any teacher, I am an elementary school teacher and if that wasn’t enough to complicate this precarious situation that COVID-19 brought, I am a Kindergarten teacher.
Relax and (un)wind
Shortly after my older son was born I found myself, as parents often do, in a series of waiting rooms: doctors, dentists, the reception area at school, the lobby of the martial arts studio. Though being a parent is often exhausting, at the same time I cannot sit idle either. There is in me some frantic urge to make every moment productive, and although I have tried to silence it with meditation and other forms of mindfulness practices it simply will not be quiet, so I have decided to embrace it as healthfully as I can. Dragging around delicate beading project or piecing a quilt top in a waiting room or studio lobby is impractical, and yet I had to have something to keep my hands lightly occupied. (The obvious question here is why not just read a book? The answer is that I’m a librarian for a reason, and a book can keep me so engrossed I will miss all social cues like shuffling feet, throats clearing, doors opening, and my poor child will be left standing there waiting while I finish the chapter.) I began knitting in seventh grade and took a long hiatus while the demands of my early career were in full force, but found it was the perfect solution to the waiting-room problem: fits into my handbag, easy to pick up or put down as needed and produces excellent accessories for giving or keeping. With every knitting project I have started, I’ve aimed to teach myself one new skill, and I have been careful to choose patterns that are not only easy enough to avoid frustration but challenging enough to avoid boredom. Selecting the right yarn for each project is as satisfying as finding the right ingredients for a delicious dish, and I've gotten into the habit of trying to pick up at least a ball or two at an independent yarn store in any new city I visit - the best kind of travel souvenir.
My sister and I grew up in a household with two educator parents; our mom started as a special education teacher and, by the time she retired, was an autism consultant and a low vision consultant. Our dad was a school psychologist for over 35 years. As you can imagine, dinner table discussions revolved largely around LEARNING and KIDS, and something must have rubbed off, because my sister and I both ended up becoming educators and then moms! I (Lindsey) became a special education teacher and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with 3 kids of my own, and my sister Kristin is a college chemistry instructor with 2 kids. We both spent years studying and researching the ways in which people learn and master difficult skills and have applied those lessons both to our young children and to our students.