Teacher Blogs and Videos
Teaching is a demanding vocation and brings together a diverse group. Here are a sampling of teacher blogs and videos we've come across that remind us what a unique profession this is.
The Challenges And Joys Of Being A Teacher
"It's not a class until the students file in, sit in their chairs with their futures right ahead of them. And they're all looking up front. Looking up front at you, the teacher."
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Featuring blogs on everything from writing to middle school issues to parent-teacher partnerships to one with an arts focus.
Kyle Schwartz asked her eight and nine-year-old students at Denver's Doull Elementary school to write down something they wished she knew about them. She carried out the writing exercise each year, and shared some of the notes, which included "I don't have pencils at home to do my homework", on her Twitter account under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew.
Try an assignment like this in your class. You do not need to share the results, but they will be eye opening.
If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching
SoulPancake and Edutopia asked teachers to write a letter to themselves on their first day teaching. This is their thoughts. Hang in there.
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Josh Stumpenhorst is a Learning Commons Director at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, IL He served as a 6th grade English and Social Science teacher for 13 years prior to taking the Learning Commons Director position and was the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
His blog includes thoughts on the "real world" (and how students' worlds are sometime much more "real" than ours) and a whole list of "I Used to Think...".