50% of Teachers Leave Education After 5 Years

How sad. To spend the time and money it takes to become a teacher only to leave after 5 years. The impact on school districts are great, financially and staffing. Maybe there needs to be a greater focus on induction and retention. I remember a time early in my career where I was ready to quit Articleif I wasn’t able to switch schools. Luckily, I was able to make the switch because I love being in the classroom.

Professional Learning: What is School About

I woke up very early as I always do the first day I go back to school and started reading in my phone. I came across this article by a retiring teacher/ administrator. He obviously worked at a school much different than the public schools in the US; however, I wonder if the philosophy of his school shouldn’t be adopted by all schools.

Children, of all ages, come to school carrying the joys, hardships, and emotions with them from the night before or that morning. By addressing the needs of the WHOLE child, would we get better academic results? More bang for our buck?

I have to say that this is one of the reasons I love teaching middle school where I do. My students can learn the content with relative ease. I do find challenge in creating great lessons, but I find even greater challenge in working with the kids on how to be better people, how to persevere through difficult tasks, how to deal with ambiguity, how to handle failure, etc. This is what makes me excited about going back to school in 3 hours.

School Isn’t Just About Teaching

Professional Learning: Being a New Teacher

How many of you remember what it felt like to be a new teacher?

For me, it wasn’t the first day with students that was mind boggling because I had been in front of kids teaching. What was beyond me was what to do during pre-planning. How to set up desks in MY room. How to organize the assigning of textbooks to MY students. How to write MY lesson plans for the first day. By the time the first day came, it was too late for me to worry or to be scared.

Here is a Edutopia blog post with resources geared for new teachers, but aren’t each of new teachers at the start of each year? Take some time to peruse it because you might find something helpful