Burnout prevention: 3 ways teachers can recharge their batteries

Q: I’m a seventh-grade teacher, and I’m so fried. This year kicked my butt, though I can’t put my finger on any specific “why.” Today is the last day for students, [...]

June 19th, 2018|

What can principal do about aggressive parents who attack him, his staff? 

  Q: I’m a principal, and there are two or three parents that attack me or my staff regularly, often on email. They threaten to call the police, sue us, beat [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Teacher annoyed that academics lose out to sports

  Q: I’m a high school math teacher in California, and sports in my district seem to take precedence over everything else, including academics. It seems like my students are constantly leaving early for a [...]

June 5th, 2018|

Principal’s attention to girls’ dress code disturbs teacher

Q:  I’m a teacher in a large school system with a pretty detailed dress code policy. Among the rules are ones stating that students can't wear straps less than one-inch wide; [...]

May 29th, 2018|

Teachers and social media: A cautionary tale about the risks

Q: I am not friends on social media with parents. I don’t decline; I just ignore the requests. I feel more comfortable setting that boundary. But here’s the thing. That’s not [...]

May 22nd, 2018|

Does teacher need to find new job after romance with colleague ends badly? 

  Q: I’m an elementary school special education specialist in my early 20s, and I just broke up with my boyfriend. Here’s the issue: He’s a 5th-grade homeroom teacher in the [...]

May 15th, 2018|

Should principal fire new, subpar teacher? 

Q: I’m the principal of an elementary school. Last August, when we still didn’t have a 3rd-grade teacher, it was slim pickings. Still, I felt pretty good about the person I [...]

May 8th, 2018|

How can betrayed administrator learn to trust again?

Q: I’m an assistant principal in a high school, and I’m in the applicant pool to become a principal. I’ve always had a strong, trusting rapport with a colleague who used [...]

May 1st, 2018|

Teacher fed up with administrators who bad-mouth central office officials 

Q: I'm a teacher who's training to become an administrator. I've become friends with directors in central office as a result. What's a good way to stand up for them when [...]

April 24th, 2018|

Work to the contract or keep doing ‘extras’?

Q: This is the time of year when my district is developing its budget and my union is negotiating a new contract. Things are always tense when this happens. The [...]

April 17th, 2018|

Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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