“Develop your teacher persona.” An innocent enough phrase, at least on the surface. “Figure out who you are as a teacher.” Still, no major alarm bells. Then the thoughts get developed: “Think about how you want to portray yourself to ..
First year teaching, groggy and still-waking up, I pulled into the parking lot at school. The early morning sun, having just crested the horizon, glinted on the frost still remaining on my windshield and side-windows. Opening the door of my ..
We’re going to be taking a slight detour from discussing qualifications of good teachers and the reasonings behind our current teacher shortage to talk, in a short series of posts, about something relevant for both prospective teachers and established teachers ..
Dipping the sleek paddle edge into the water, I glide the kayak smoothly through the calm waters of the lake. The early morning mist rises from the water in a blanket, covering the surface in a cloud-like embrace. On the ..
It was 2013. I was no longer in education. I’d officially notified the College of Education at Grand Valley State University that I wouldn’t be continuing in the Fall. Now what? I’d be continuing my education to finish with a ..
“You’ve all probably heard,” my professor began, “the phrase ‘those who can’t..teach’. It’s our job to debunk that myth because it’s not true.” Huh? I’d never heard that phrase before. The professor continued, “Many in our society don’t appreciate the ..
January, 2012. A few years into college and a few years to go. Each week I would look in the church bulletin, read it over. One thing that would draw my particular interest during those first few months of the ..
To anyone who has been paying any attention to the latest school “news cycle”, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there aren’t enough teachers. However, unlike the news that often crosses through the news stations of the world, this ..
When our lives are spared, in what we call a miraculous way; when a loved one recovers remarkably after serious surgery; when things go exceptionally well for our flesh; the words of our mouths often are, “0 God, how good ..
If you are stuck at home because of the snow today, warm up with these three newsletters. You can catch up on what is going on in our Federation schools as well as enjoy some lovely writing by students and ..