Prayer at a public school staff meeting?

Q: Last week was the staff’s first day back at work to start the new school year. Of course, we had a staff meeting, and the principal began by asking us [...]

August 15th, 2017|

Will job-hopping damage millennial teacher’s career?

Q: I’m a teacher who’s part of the millennial generation. As a group, we have a reputation for not being especially loyal to employers and for job hopping when better [...]

August 8th, 2017|

Teacher is sick of being the ‘go-to gay guy’

Q: I'm a gay man who teaches 7th-grade social studies. I'm the only (openly) gay teacher in my building. As a result, I've become the go-to gay guy. Questions about [...]

August 1st, 2017|

Teacher keeps failing to land a job as an administrator

Q: I’m a teacher who wants to be an administrator. I did all the training to change tracks, and I took on a team leadership position in my school to [...]

July 25th, 2017|

Defending your summer ‘break’

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 [...]

July 18th, 2017|

Disagreeing with a school discipline practice

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 [...]

July 11th, 2017|

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

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 [...]

July 5th, 2017|

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

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 [...]

June 27th, 2017|

Is teaching in a private school better?

Q: I’m a public school teacher, and I’m contemplating a switch to private. I’m so torn. I’m really sick of the emphasis on testing and the huge amount of paperwork and [...]

June 20th, 2017|

When the principal has a drinking problem

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 [...]

June 13th, 2017|

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