When the reading specialist is a mean gossip

Q: I’m an elementary school teacher, and I often rely on our reading specialist to come into the classroom to observe students. Last year, we hired a new one, Lara. [...]

March 20th, 2017|

When a counselor hears consistent complaints about one teacher 

Q: I’m a school counselor, and I’ve had constant run-ins with one teacher, Jane, for the past four years. She has zero ability to relate to kids who aren’t straight-A students, [...]

March 14th, 2017|

Should a principal treat all staff members the same?

Q: I’m a high school principal and consider myself to be fair and reasonable. I have an employee — let’s call her Christine — who is extremely unreliable. She doesn’t [...]

March 7th, 2017|

Am I crazy to consider leaving teaching?

Q: I’ve been an 8th-grade English teacher for 10 years in the same school. Some days I love what I do, but most days it feels stale, and I wish [...]

March 7th, 2017|

A teacher’s promotion to leadership doesn’t work out

Q: As principal, I try to promote staff when they have done a good job and show potential. I recently hired one of my teachers, Kelly, to be a department [...]

February 28th, 2017|

What to do when a meeting goes wrong

Q: I’m the head of the special education department at my school, and I recently ran a screening meeting for a 6th-grade student. Her parents went through a nasty divorce, [...]

February 22nd, 2017|

How to react when a teacher is too loose with students online

Q: I’m a high school teacher and baseball coach in my early 30s. My students relate to me, but I work hard to make sure they view me as their [...]

February 15th, 2017|

How to give credit when credit is due

Q: I’m the principal of a middle school and am struggling to figure out ways to honor teachers who are doing good work. In the past, I have called attention [...]

February 7th, 2017|

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