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Defending your summer ‘break’

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Q: I always have the same annoyance this time of year. It feels like everyone I encounter tells me how lucky I am to have a job that allows me to “take it easy” all summer. Some people can barely hide their resentment. Occasionally, they’ll tell me I was so smart to choose a job with [...]

Trauma and learning in America’s classrooms

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  All teachers confront the need to create safe and supportive environments for students who have had adverse childhood experiences. By Salvatore Terrasi and Patricia Crain de Galarce Michael, a 2nd-grade student, has become defiant with this teachers, and his mother reports that he doesn’t want to go to school. Until recently, he was happy [...]

Disagreeing with a school discipline practice

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Q: I’m an 8th-grade teacher in Massachusetts, and our public school serves an at-risk population. It’s not uncommon for our students to throw chairs or get in fights. We’re trained to use physical restraint as needed, but as a small woman I don’t feel comfortable doing that. Some of the 14-year-olds are twice my size. [...]

Is it ethical for teacher to pitch his summer camp to his students?

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Q: I’m a teacher in Massachusetts, and I take on tutoring jobs to supplement my income. I’m very careful to make sure that when I tutor, I only work with kids I don’t teach. Tutoring my own students would be a clear conflict of interest. However, things seem fuzzier when it comes to teachers who run [...]

School-related activities influence student equity


      Some students spend 25 hours a week in school-related activities; others may spend three times that. And guess how that disparity influences outcomes. By James H. Lytle As someone who’s worked in a range of schools, from inner-city schools to private boarding schools, I’ve concluded that there’s a straightforward explanation for why [...]

Is it ever OK for a principal to poach a teacher from another school in his own district?

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Q: I’m a high school principal in a large public school district. I know that one of my physics teachers plans to leave to work for a start-up tech firm in a year. He’s been very up front with me about his plans. Years ago, I worked with a phenomenal physics teacher. He’s teaching at another [...]

Microcredentials show what you know

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Giving beginning teachers — as early as high school students exploring teaching — opportunities to demonstrate what they know is one strategy for enhancing the profession. By Dan Brown and Dwight E. Rhodes Over the past decade, the concept of personalized student learning has taken center stage in discussions about educational improvement. Now it’s time [...]

When the principal has a drinking problem

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Q: I adore my principal, but he has a drinking problem that’s getting in the way of his ability to do his job. I want him to get help, but I don’t want to hurt his reputation by reporting him. I also don’t want to jeopardize my own career if he’s retaliatory. If he were my [...]

When a teacher’s behavior is erratic

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Q: I’m an assistant principal, and one of the teachers I supervise is becoming a problem. He’s never been the most steady or organized teacher, but now he seems to have taken a nosedive. The kids go home and tell their parents that he can’t remember what he assigned, that he loses their papers and that [...]

Reining in helicopter parents

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Q: I love parents, I really do. I’m a middle school English teacher, and my students do better when they go home to involved, caring parents. Except lately it seems like there are so many parents who have trouble knowing where their child’s life ends and their own begins. These are the parents who want [...]

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