Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

My mentor is a bully

Q: I’m a graduate student in an education program, and I hope to be a middle school math teacher when I’m certified. As part of my program, I’m required to [...]

May 1st, 2017|

Should teachers attend students’ after-school events?

Q: I’m a high school teacher. My principal wants us to attend students’ performances, plays, and games. He doesn’t force any of us to go, but he strongly encourages staff [...]

April 24th, 2017|

Supporting or pushing?

Q: I’ve been a high school math department chair for three years. Erin has been one of our math teachers for 14 years. She’s excellent, but we’ve clashed from the [...]

April 17th, 2017|

Managing up

Q: I’ve been a high school assistant principal for two years. I’ll be completely honest; I think I could do a better job running the school than Natalie, my principal, [...]

April 10th, 2017|

Losing your job

Q: It’s “transfer season” for my large public school system. This is the time when schools get staffing allocations and teachers find out whether their jobs are safe. Well, my [...]

April 3rd, 2017|

Discussing controversial topics with middle schoolers

Q: As a middle school social studies teacher, I often talk about current events. Needless to say, that’s become much more complicated lately. I leave my personal views out of [...]

March 27th, 2017|

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|

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