By: Mary McLaughlin | Aug 22, 2019
You’ve attended all the staff meetings. You’ve decorated your room. You’ve reorganized the classroom shelves, you’ve rearranged the furniture to a new configuration in an attempt to maximize space.
Pencils are sharpened, name tags applied to the desks, cubbies and lockers are labeled.
You’re ready to meet your new students and if ...
By: Mary McLaughlin | Aug 5, 2019
People really just slay me.
I was perusing a Special Education Teachers group page on social media today.
A member posted that a parent questioned one of her research-based Teaching strategies (which we all use).
A Teacher had been asked if students with special needs were “able” to do group work.
By: Jon Konen | Aug 1, 2019
Some of us have new tool boxes with just a few of the latest tools, some of us have large tool boxes that include everything we’ve collected over the years, but in either case, we should all be expanding our tool boxes with both new and old tools with proven ...
By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 30, 2019
The Implications of the Endrew F. Case As Decided By The United States Supreme Court
Get Out Of the Way: School’s Out!
If you close your eyes and open your ears, listening for the sound of it, you just might hear it.
There it is. Low in the distance, you can hear the ...
By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 11, 2019
You’ve Graduated, Have Student Loans to Pay Off, But Just Don’t Want To Teach… You Still Have a Surprising Number of Options
If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times.
Students graduate high school with not a single clue what they want to do with their future.
Their parents practically ...
By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 10, 2019
My dryer died today.
It was unceremonious, from what I was told. It just quit in all its fold and fluff glory.
The very thought of this betrayal hurt.
It is only three years old. It has no gadgets, no bells, no whistles. It’s plain stock white.
I wipe her down weekly. We make ...
By: Teacher.org Staff | Jun 7, 2019
Burn out can come at any time, but more so at the end of the school year. After 20 years in education, this year has been one of my most difficult and stressful. In years past, I usually start dreaming about the books, professional development, podcasts, and articles I want ...
By: Mary McLaughlin | May 28, 2019
My husband and I are feeling pretty lucky right now.
Last Friday, my husband, a 24-year paramedic, had a significant cardiac episode.
Here’s where the luck comes in: he had just finished transporting a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in the Mississippi River Delta region of Missouri.
A long way ...
By: Mary McLaughlin | Apr 4, 2019
A Rose By Any Other Name
“What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” –William Shakespeare
I got married a year ago.
While it’s a big-deal event in one’s life, and it definitely was for Jack and me, we have each been married previously.
By: Jon Konen | Mar 27, 2019
One random Wednesday in March our staff all wore red to school. It signified red for public education. We talked about “why” we should wear red all day! It made me proud to be part of this one day movement, and many have pledged to continue to promote this cause.