Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

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|

When a teacher’s behavior is erratic

Q: I’m an assistant principal, and one of the teachers I supervise is becoming a problem. He’s never been the most steady or organized teacher, but now he seems to have [...]

June 6th, 2017|

Reining in helicopter parents

Q: I love parents, I really do. I’m a middle school English teacher, and my students do better when they go home to involved, caring parents. Except lately it seems [...]

May 30th, 2017|

Frat culture at school

Q: I’m a male head of school at a private, all-boys high school in New England. I haven’t been here very long, and this is my first time taking on [...]

May 23rd, 2017|

Crabby colleagues

Q: My school is full of chronic complainers, and it’s starting to get to me. I’m the principal, and all the gripes eventually make their way to me, usually secondhand. [...]

May 16th, 2017|

The co-teacher is lazy!

Q: I’m an English teacher in an inclusion classroom. I co-teach with a special educator, Mike. I use the word “co-teach” loosely because I’m not sure he’s doing any teaching. [...]

May 9th, 2017|

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