Every year at about this time, our NJEA cards arrive in the mail. Those of us who teach in this state know that NJEA stands for New Jersey Education Association; however, no matter what state you’re in, if you are an employee of a public school, I hope you have an association - a union … Continue reading #15
During the 2018-2019 school year, I began to collect photographs from my perspective as a teacher during my last year before retiring, trying to capture this unique world while I was still deeply, daily, in it. I took at least one, and sometimes several, photographs each day, focusing on what I saw as I went … Continue reading Overview
Students need grades, even early in the year. And even though this assignment, the letter to your future self, is just a beginning-of-the-year exercise, a way to get a bead on the students as writers and individuals, I cannot justify the time spent on it unless I find a way to get it into my … Continue reading #19
Sometimes the writing may not be perfect, but the feeling is.
Pens gone again? So many methods to try to keep them in my room, and still they disappear. Six pens were in existence, checked and returned – and yet over the course of a couple of days, they were gone. I dared to turn my eyes away! I spoke to students at the end of … Continue reading #17
Part of a homeroom teacher’s job is distributing - and keeping track of - all manner of handouts and forms. Here’s an area for which technology is actually an improvement. Years ago, there was an endless stream of forms, and now, of course, there are emails and parent portals for many items. In my district, … Continue reading #16
Sometimes - especially for ELA teachers - the endless grading just becomes too much. Some are major essays and cannot be ignored, of course. Some are quick assignments that give you a good read on where students are - or aren’t - in a particular area and shouldn’t be ignored. Sometimes the assignment must be … Continue reading #14
At a quick glance, it appears that an A may not happen for this particular writer in language arts. The question is: Why is the goal always straight A’s when they are not generally attainable by most? I’m glad to see that this writer would, at least, accept an occasional B - but this, too, … Continue reading #13