We are entering the final countdown... apparently. Another student teacher told me today that there's 23 days left until we are officially done. The fact that I didn't already know that is a very good sign. I'm happy to say that I think I'm the only one who is not ecstatic that my time left … Continue reading 11 down, 5 to go.
My sister forwarded this link to me. It says exactly what I’ve struggled to articulate to so many people on so many occasions.
Reading these words, they may sound a little rant-y, but I think it’s just a passionate expression illustrating why the profession of teaching is so undervalued in our society. It’s not meant to belittle those who aren’t in education, but rather to try to express the absurdity that is how oversimplified most people see the work of teachers.
Read if you’d like. I hope that fellow teachers breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing acknowledgement of their hard work. That’s what I did. I hope that non-teachers take this opportunity to see the perspective of a former-teacher turned lawyer and education advocate.
by Sarah Blaine
We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class for thirteen years. We encountered dozens of teachers. We had our kindergarten teachers and our first grade teachers and our fifth grade teachers and our gym teachers and our art teachers and our music teachers. We had our science teachers and our social studies teachers and our English teachers and our math teachers. If we were lucky, we might even have had our Latin teachers or our Spanish teachers or our physics teachers or our psychology teachers. Heck, I even had a seventh grade “Communications Skills” teacher. We had our guidance counselors and our principals and some of us had our special education teachers and our study hall monitors.
So we know teachers. We get teachers. We know…
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What does an ideal classroom look like? Are all students sitting in their desks, looking straight forward, eyes on the board, hands poised at the ready to be raised, with not a sound to be heard besides the teacher's voice? Or are students scattered around the room, talking loudly over one another, tossing pencils and … Continue reading organized chaos.
This semester there are 9 math student teachers in the school district and 4 of us are at my high school. I can't describe how thankful I am to have other student teachers around to bounce ideas off of and confirm that the daily struggles I experience aren't unique to me. I know that this … Continue reading 👘.
Wanderlust: a strong longing for or an irresistible impulse to travel. My new favorite word and a characteristic that I am proud to have. If I could afford it, I would spend every vacation traveling to a different destination. I love exploring new cities, getting lost and stumbling upon hidden gems, seeing awe-inspiring sites, and most … Continue reading vagabond.
I can't count high enough to tell you how many times a day I get called MRS. Roche. And I have a math degree, so I'm definitely qualified to do that sort of arithmetic. Last night I was laughing with my roommate about how I have recently discovered that a particular student in one of my … Continue reading hey mrs. roche.
Since working in a school full time, I have finally been hit with the reality of how unique my own K-12 experience was. I have always been well aware that growing up in one of the wealthiest suburbs of the Twin Cities provided me with countless opportunities and advantages. In high school, it wasn't abnormal … Continue reading let the haters motivate.