Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

Educator wants to ‘grow in place,’ but she’s facing resistance 

Q: I’m part of a special education department at a large high school. I’ve been in the same position for 15 years. Even after all this time, I love what [...]

November 21st, 2017|

Teacher is upset with counselor for withholding information

Q: I just got a new student in my 7th-grade English class. He seems really troubled. He steals supplies, knocks papers off my desk when he’s mad and makes crass [...]

November 14th, 2017|

Not like the rest: Should teacher conform to be like coworkers?

Q:  I’m a middle school teacher, and I don’t fit the mold at my school. It’s a pretty straight-and-narrow place. People talk about their kids, their new countertops, or the [...]

November 7th, 2017|

Teacher likes to eat alone, but misses out when coworkers talk shop at lunch

Q: As teachers, we all have students who eat lunch alone. They’d rather get lost in a book or stare at a wall than talk with their peers. We worry about [...]

October 31st, 2017|

Teacher can’t resolve ongoing conflict with colleague

Q: I’ve been clashing with a coworker, Natalie, over the most ridiculous things. We’re both teachers, so it’s not a supervisory relationship, and I don’t know what her problem is [...]

October 24th, 2017|

Lack of organization puts teacher’s job on the line

Q:  I teach middle school science. Last year, I got written up for not meeting standards. I lost students’ papers and quizzes and didn’t return them within the required time [...]

October 17th, 2017|

New principal is already butting heads with staff

Q:  I’m a high school principal in Michigan. I was assigned to a new school in my district because I have a track record of turning around struggling schools. Not [...]

October 10th, 2017|

Teacher hates a student, but sticking it out could be life-changing for both

Q: I really can't stand a specific student. I just found out he will be in my class again this year. Teaching him once was more than enough! I know [...]

October 3rd, 2017|

Teacher resents being told to assign antiquated work

Q: I’ve been teaching math for four years but will be new at my school this year. I’m also about 35 years younger than the head of my department. He [...]

September 26th, 2017|

Teacher wonders if she should give in to double standard

Q: I’m a female high school history teacher, and I’ll freely admit that I’m demanding. I don’t let my students dial it in, whether it’s a class discussion, an essay prompt, [...]

September 19th, 2017|

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