American school districts have found themselves in a mad dash for solutions as the fallout from a long-predicted threat has breached their hallways, sending shockwaves through classrooms across the country. The national teacher shortage has arrived. Too many states, Minnesota included, the solution is simple: lower the strict licensing and professional requirements, thereby making it … Continue reading Teaching as a Profession
Category: Thoughts of a Teacher
Teaching is a job, not your life.
Teaching is a job, not your life. If it is, you need to seriously consider setting yourself some boundaries. Your students need you to be in a good headspace & healthy way more than they need you to be Pinterest ready. Ever hear of emotional contagion? "Emotional contagion refers to the process in which an … Continue reading Teaching is a job, not your life.
Why Teaching Feels Different This Year, and Why There are No Good Answers
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what’s different this year. If you were starting 7th grade during the Fall of 2019, you would have the last third of your year, one of the most formative in middle school, hijacked by the COVID-19 pandemic. That would be followed by a summer of social awakening, civil … Continue reading Why Teaching Feels Different This Year, and Why There are No Good Answers
When Teachers Can’t climb, Then What?
As a teacher, I’m heavily familiar with these two images and the principles behind them. On the left you have the three main brain states: Survival, Emotional, and Executive. As a teacher, the goal is to help students understand their own minds and be able to recognize which state they are in. It’s okay to … Continue reading When Teachers Can’t climb, Then What?