As a teacher with friends who are also teachers on Facebook, I come across heaps of articles about teaching or about teachers. Here are some of my favorites:
The Atlantic – I Lie About My Teaching Oh lord yes. Some days I’m in the middle of class and I actually think to myself “I really hope no one comes in and witnesses this hot mess” as more than half of the kids are totally disengaged and I’m floundering from table to table trying to get them back on track. Then other days I wish I had video evidence of how “lit” my classroom is with learning.
nprED – Making Science Teaching More Than A ‘Backup Plan’ Teaching Science was definitely not my backup plan, it was my first plan. I think (and I do not have the stats to back this up at all, it’s pure conjecture) a lot of people who go into teaching as a back up plan end up leaving teaching within a few years because, teaching. is. really. hard. work.
The New Yorker – Stop Humiliating Teachers I hear a lot of “I would never be able to be a teacher, I don’t know how you do it” from the same people who say “schools these days don’t properly prepare students for the real world”.
Huffpost Education – Listen To the Teachers Who Stay (written by a respected colleague!) The flip side and an inspiring call to keep fighting the good fight. I need to read this every spring, when I start to flip flop on possibly leaving teaching and figuring out a ‘backup plan’.
Lots of compliments on my outfit today. “Miss, you look really nice today” and “those are some bad ass designer shoes Miss!” They’re not designer, they are fast-fashion, and everything here is old. The skirt was 50¢ from a thrift store and the sweater is from about 4 years ago. Yay for ‘shopping’ the closet!
glasses: warby parker – sweater: urban outfitters – belt: gap – skirt: thrifted (no tag and I suspect it was a server’s uniform skirt at one time) – boots: zara