1st Day Lesson — Expectations and Argument

1st-Day Lesson

Once school supplies hit the shelves of my favorite department store it’s hard to turn off my teacher brain. I start thinking about last year’s students–their personalities, their needs, their successes, their struggles. Then, I think about myself as a teacher–my personality, my needs, my successes, my struggles. I’ve learned over the years that my … Read more…

The Most Common Teacher Pitfalls… And How to Avoid Them

Teacher pitfalls

Don’t you just love those teachers that are boundless wells of optimism?

You know the ones I’m talking about; they are easy to spot. They believe they can change the world from their classrooms. They teach students beyond the curriculum. They inspire them to greatness with words of wisdom. And they offer the means to be socially just and responsible.

But in this profession there are pitfalls along the way that can sap the most enthusiastic teacher and drain the life force that is necessary to sustain them. … Read more…

The July Non-Fiction Read for the Summer Book Club

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The July Read for the Talks with Teachers Book Club is… Alexander Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s … Read more…