Education, Philosophy

Sisyphus, Spring Break, and the Middle School Student

Sometime during the month February, when winter break is a distant memory, and middle school students and teachers dare not yet start dreaming of spring break, I read an abbreviated version of the myth of Sisyphus to my sixth graders. On this one of many "Philosophy Fridays," we talk about how Sisyphus, King of Corinth, was notorious for his… Continue reading Sisyphus, Spring Break, and the Middle School Student

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Education, Relationships

Why We Stay – What Teaching and Relationships have in Common

Following a recent NPR story about the growing teacher shortage, a follow-up question was asked: "Why do teachers stay in the profession?" To me, this question is not as easily answered as the question of why teachers leave the profession. I think that to answer this, one has to look at the dynamics of relationships.… Continue reading Why We Stay – What Teaching and Relationships have in Common

Education

Let’s Ask the Students, Shall We?

In a recent NPR story, reporter Eric Westervelt has gotten around to saying something I've been predicting for at least a decade: a nationwide teacher shortage is imminent. Westervelt ponders the trend, citing things such as: declining teacher pay; demoralization of the teaching profession within society; pressures associated with standardized testing and teacher evaluations; and more options… Continue reading Let’s Ask the Students, Shall We?