Listen We’ve all had an administrator say that their door is always open, only to find out it was just something they said. Their door is literally closed nearly every time you walk through the office. Perhaps their door is always open, but they are never in there, so what...
Listen Students of Latin heritage cannot be placed into a box, though they are often stereotyped. While there are 20 countries in Central and South America, many teachers just assume that Hispanic students are of Mexican descent. Trouble with the English language is often quite incorrectly associated with an...
Listen Many teachers and administrators are grappling with how to address the social concerns that the recent events in our country have brought up. The truth is that the protests and riots have only brought to the forefront issues that our students carry with them into our classrooms every day. ...
Listen Teachers are often required to participate in and lead committees, invited to lead grade level or department teams, or asked to mentor others. Unfortunately, along with the added responsibilities, there is often no real information on what they are supposed to be doing as leaders in those positions. Aside...
Listen Read Resilience became a buzzword in classrooms across the land in regards to students, but it really needs to be common among adults in conversations about our own personal emotional health. Don’t believe that? Well, here’s a little detail that may change your mind: the first ingredient for building...
Listen Read In 1975, the first version of what we now know as the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was passed. Amendments passed in 1990, 1997, and finally in 2004 to create what we now know as the document that ensures children with disabilities receive a “free and appropriate...
Listen Participating in professional development is of incredible importance for teachers. The field of education sees advancements and changes on a regular basis, and teachers want to know how to best serve their students. The type of professional development to pursue can certainly depend upon many factors, such as the...
Listen Watch Tyler Douthitt sits down and talks with Devin Jankowski of Swansea, IL. Devin is the winner of this year's TFD Unlimited Award. This award is given out each year to a local high school senior which shows excellence in entrepreneurship. Devin has started a growing lumber delivery business. ...
Some teachers and school administrators may wonder if lawsuits have had an impact on how the school system works. During a recent Harris Interactive survey, researchers discovered that over 60 percent of school principals had faced the threat of a lawsuit. Because of the way the school system works, the atmosphere...
Listen Watch We talk with Principal Curtis Slater about his upbringing and how it has helped him with empathy and motivating kids by positivity instead of pure punishments. And, positivity in a social media world while grappling with mental health issues in 1/3 of our population.
Leading in the teaching industry requires a teacher to lead in varied roles linked to the success of the students as well as the institution itself. Some of the teachers have leadership roles assigned to them formally yet every teacher has the shared responsibility to lead the students and the...
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