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The Wonders and Urgency of Strong Teacher-Family Collaboration

Do you ever stop and reflect after a few years of teaching what or who’s influenced you the most? Has it been the hours of staff development behind you? Your mentors, colleagues or your cute students? Has it been the methodology your school has drilled into your head? Maybe the many hours of planning and collaboration? Have the long after school meetings influenced you to become the teacher you are today? One of my biggest career influences has been a non reading second grader by the name of Reyna and her wonderful family that came to the rescue because I asked nicely.

Reyna was a beautiful smiling child who was social enough at the appropriate times and always polite to her classmates. Although her clothes were sometimes tattered, they were always clean and ironed. She came to school with a perfect pink bow in her immaculately brushed long hair. If you peeked in my room, she wouldn’t stand out as anything other than a cute kid. Continue reading

Make free stuff for teachers!
Education / innovation in teaching

Make free stuff for teachers!

By Oscar Cielos With good reason, everyone’s thinking about the big buck these days.  If you’re in public education, you know we’re a persistently broke species.  But I’m here to complain about all the for profit materials on line, marketed at the time starved, money starved and patience depleted public school teachers.  Hey, well to … Continue reading

Evaluate teachers on scores or technicalities?
Education / evaluation

Evaluate teachers on scores or technicalities?

Governor Jerry Brown has kicked STAR testing to the curb. A major legal decision has been made affecting California educators.  This is testing that, for over 10 years, required the drills and pressure teachers and parents have constantly complained about.   Controversy always surrounds teachers being evaluated on test scores.  There are always circumstances beyond their … Continue reading