“Teachers have a big impact and people remember their teachers years later.  I had lots of great teachers and they impacted and shaped who I am today.  Whenever I think of my favorite teacher, I think of Miss B because she really cared for you and was willing to help.  That was my favorite year and I loved going to… READ MORE

Place Yourself in the Feet of a Child

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Years after my childhood, I returned to the school I once attended. The rooms of the building were empty and cool, the tiled hallways vacant. A musty smell lingered in closets and in corners of classrooms. My feet sounded loud on the floor. When I was young, small bodies that seemed large to me sat in rowed desks, and teachers… READ MORE

Organizational Systems for Teachers

James A Goering II | Blog, High School Teacher’s Blog

Teaching is a stressful job. Teachers must prepare classes, grade student work, plan special activities, and deal with relationship issues. You have so much to do and so much to remember that you inevitably forget something. Forgetting isn’t usually a disaster, but it adds anxiety to an already demanding job. For many years, I didn’t take time to establish a… READ MORE

Education’s Purpose

Darrell Hershberger | High School Teacher’s Blog

I have long been fascinated with Booker T. Washington and his methods of education as displayed at the Tuskegee Institute in the late 19th century. Washington firmly believed that education, especially for the African American race at that time, was to consist mainly of practical knowledge and skills that could be used to build up and better the life of… READ MORE

Fun by the Stack: Great Titles for Beginning Readers

I love books. I could dream them and wear them and eat them for breakfast. I have a special place in my heart for children’s books. But the hardest age for me to find appropriate reading material for is the emerging reader—the child who is learning to read well, but is not yet up to the challenge of most chapter… READ MORE

Open-Ended Math

Over the last several years, I have spent significant time trying to understand and implement the best methods for teaching mathematics–especially to students who think they don’t like mathematics. Several ideas have risen to the top, but the very best is this:  Students should be given the opportunity to engage with real problems that require significant effort, but are within… READ MORE

Another Year!

“How do you wash these crayons?” asked a student.  I was puzzled—why does she want to wash her crayons?  Kayla showed me the box of crayons. It said “Washable Crayons.”  I explained that you don’t wash the crayons, rather the crayon marking would wash out of clothing. There are many new aspects to a new school year.  It is exciting… READ MORE

Three Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Teaching

As a 20-year-old, I started my career in education with no desire to make it a career. I knew it was a good work and I wanted to do well for at least one year but I had no idea then that I would be entering my 9th year as I write this. Over my short career, I learned three lessons… READ MORE

Colors of the School Year

Blue plaid for first-day dresses, carefully sewn by loyal mothers. Blue for vibrancy, excitement, stability: the color of winners. Blue for the verity of friendships forged in school days. Blue for fidelity, honor, courage at beginnings. White for freshness, an unmarked year unbroken, sharp and novel as the new crayons with the perfect point—like our brand-new lesson plans, not yet… READ MORE

Cultural Intelligence

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

There is only one place in the world where I can walk into the local TV station and get instant coverage just by picking up the mike, smiling into the camera, and announcing myself. That place is a First Nations reserve in the bush of northern Ontario, a stretch of dusty roads and broken-down trailer houses surrounded by endless strings… READ MORE