Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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|

Part-time teacher feels like a second-class citizen

Q: I work part time as a teacher. I made this decision after working full time for years. The tipping point was having my second baby. My husband travels frequently because [...]

September 12th, 2017|

Is it necessary to push college readiness in middle school?

Q: I’m a counselor at a public middle school in a high-achieving area. Our students are so stressed that we expend a disproportionate amount of energy counteracting the academic pressure. [...]

September 5th, 2017|

Don’t make me talk to adults! Public speaking isn’t my thing

Q: I teach in a school in an area where lots of districts have open enrollment choice plans so parents can select any school they want for their children. Our [...]

August 29th, 2017|

Is gender bias to blame for teacher’s firing?

Q: I just had a startling conversation with a colleague, Naomi, who’s a high school department chair. She told me she was feeling guilty because she had maneuvered to cut a [...]

August 22nd, 2017|

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|

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