Should we get rid of Teacher of the Year awards?

Should we get rid of Teacher of the Year awards?

Good teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve. So when I wonder aloud here whether we should do away with things like Teacher of the Year awards it’s not because I think they shouldn’t be honored and noticed; it is quite the contrary. We, at...
Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairytale, Continued

Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairytale, Continued

Guest Blogger Stella Baker is an English Language Arts teacher at Owsley County Middle School. She has been teaching in Kentucky schools for 29 years. Over that period of time she has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, but has always returned to middle...

End of the Year Reflections…

I’m all about a good thinking prompt, so I decided to put my head to end of the year reflective questions that could stir teacher thinking in those final days of school. Here’s the list I’ve come up with: What was the most successful lesson you...

Video- Falling Flat on Your Face

I was reading the article Seven Reasons to “Go to the Tape” in ASCD and I decided to blog about how I positively changed my concern about being in front of the camera and what it did to improve my classroom practice. The article discusses that coaches are...

Classroom Walkthroughs: Giving Teachers Feedback

Conducting classroom walkthroughs is a useful strategy for gaining an overall picture of instruction in the building. While brief in nature, walkthrough visits yield patterns of data in terms of the instructional strategies that teachers use, levels of student...