The Value of Teachers’ Time

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There it is again. The comparison of teaching salaries of the United States to those around the world.

We are at the top of the list for hours teachers spend working, yet almost at the bottom of the list for pay. The rest of the countries are much more evenly matched with hours worked versus how much pay teachers get.… [Read more]

In Praise of Public Educators

Union 'Thug' - maligning teachers

One could easily believe that our public school educators have a patron saint in the late comedic actor Rodney “No Respect” Dangerfield. We went from treating our trained and dedicated educational professionals as a respected calling involving “starving with dignity,” to tagging them as a gaggle of greedy, selfish, and coddled public dollar freeloaders who allegedly weren’t perfect surrogate parent nannies.… [Read more]

Teacher Resolutions

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A new year means resolutions, right? I have to admit that January 1st might be the official start to the new year, but I’ve been on academic years since I was in kindergarten, so it feels like a this is just the halfway point of my year.

But with a nice big break in the action of the school year, it does give me pause to think about ways I could change it up for the rest of the year.… [Read more]

Up the Union

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“Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor -
Those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization
of the unorganized – do a disservice to the cause of democracy.” -J.F.K

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the union talk that this post and this post generated. My twitter stream erupted in smart (and some not so smart) discussion about teacher intent, motivation, attitude and rights as workers.… [Read more]

The Job of Teaching

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Last week a student asked me, “Is teaching hard?”

My answer? Sometimes.

“What do you do?” she inquired.

I really didn’t have the time in class to explain it all (although I did invite the student to come check out my lesson plans and To Do list sometime), but  it made me think: I am not sure many people know what teachers “do” every day.… [Read more]

Union Proud

Union Member - and Proud

Yesterday was the first day of school in my district.

I have been too busy building relationships and making my classroom a safe learning environment today to be worrying about anything else in education.

But Monday, for Labor Day, I did take a minute to remind all the people making union jokes, that A) they had the day off because of unions and B) I am a union worker.… [Read more]