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Things I never knew . . .

Installment #18:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • how much planning is involved in a single lesson
  • how much planning is involved in a single online lesson
  • how much energy is needed for a single day of teaching
  • how much energy is needed for a single day of online teaching
  • the magnitude of difference between in-person and online teaching

Diverse Literature Webinar: Round 2

Last September I was asked to present on the importance of (diverse) book selection. It was a new experience, it was a great opportunity, and I was overjoyed to talk about one of my passions.

Given recent events, and our return to school buildings, I was asked to re-present the webinar. I’ve updated some ideas and concepts, I have added commentary and insight; I’m ready for round 2!

If you would like to join in, to hear my thoughts, listen to some research, and engage in some dialogue, registration is available here. In addition, I know Education Admin Webadvisor has a litany of classes and presenters–so the link is worth browsing regardless, if you ask me.

Hope to see you there–and wish me luck!

**For equity & transparency: there is a cost, no pressure if you cannot afford it. Additionally, know that more attendees does not impact compensation. I will receive a flat payment and merely wanted to share so that if you were interested, you could attend 🤗

On Our Teacher Shortage . . .

When I first heard that classes were returning to school buildings, that teachers and students would be in the same room, I only imagined a first-day-of-school type of return. I thought about the jitters the night before school. I thought about preparing a classroom with the usual name tags and bulletin boards, and now maybe some added dividers. In all of my imagining, I did not once think about state and national exams.

Eventually, I did begin to think about the reality of making a schedule that fit social distancing, hybrid, and those that chose to remain remote. I did begin to think about the mechanics of needing 30-40 days to develop a routine, when some of us have barely 60 days left in the school year.

We’ve had a national teacher shortage for as long as I can remember; we have approached crisis levels of need in some parts of the country and in certain specialized areas. Given the past 18 months, I do have to wonder what a return this late in the year will do, and what it will mean to come back as though nothing has changed (ref: exams), or what it will mean if we expect everyone to keep up with every new schedule and demand (teacher v. parent v. state v. federal v. district).

I have a number of friends readying papers for a leave of absence next school year, and I have read that plenty of teachers have already left or plan to leave–permanently.

I don’t know where we’re headed in the education sector, and I don’t know if there’s a single better solution, nationally, but I do know that if don’t end up with greater respect, and compensation, at the end of all of this, our teacher shortage will be dire.

March 2021: Women’s History Month

March: Women’s History Month

March 8, 2021: International Women’s Day

It’s the time of year where we make an added effort, allot added time, to recognize the contributions and achievements of women throughout history.

This month I think it’s notable and relevant to discuss how women, always but especially in the time of COVID, have been instrumental leaders, and the backbone of our planet’s survival. Whether they led their country in incredibly successful containment and lockdown efforts–cheers to Taiwan, New Zealand, and more–or their gendered work (childcare, eldercare, sewing, cleaning, etc.) was the very reason we survived, women’s contributions–big and small–their assigned work and the work they chose, has always deserved more than we have given . . . so this month, make sure to add lessons, discussions, and more to the calendar, in honor of Women’s History Month.

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