I’m what you would call a “nontraditional student.” I’ve got two kids, I’m gainfully employed, and I’m 33. Getting my degree in education and a license to teach wasn’t my first choice of career. It was a dream that arose after countless hours of helping my sons with their homework and volunteering in their classrooms. This dream was left unrealized for years until the right opportunity presented itself, and I jumped on it. In this way, I’m not unique.
Now that you’re a teacher, you have an important reason to remind yourself about the role you’re playing in students’ lives. You can probably think of a few awesome teachers that gave you the guiding points to your future. However, you will also think of some that didn’t deserve to be called educators. They were frustrated, arrogant, too strict, too flexible, or simply not inspiring enough.
The teaching profession has taken some hits over the last few years. Common Core, Big Data and High Stakes Tests are all hot-button topics that elicit emotional responses from people. Decorated teachers are penning public letters about why they are choosing to leave the profession after 20 plus years of service. The pay has never been great. And of course all of society’s ills seem to be the fault of classroom teachers.
So why on earth would someone want to become a teacher?
Woohoo! Summer is here. Well, for the moment it seems. Many of you will be delighted to take a break from teaching, however, for those saving for something special, or just at a loose end, summer can be a great time to earn a bit more cash.
Here are my top eight tips on how to earn extra money over the summer.
Guest post by JT Ripton
As depicted in pop culture, college can be a fun and exciting time. However, it can also be incredibly frightening for high school students to think about. With so many factors to consider, it’s a teacher’s duty to help his or her students investigate different paths for growth as they prepare for higher learning.
Here’s a list of the top six ways to help your students better prepare themselves for a life outside of high school.
Create a Community of Research ChampsThanks to the internet, many students aren’t entering libraries to do their research anymore. However, learning how to properly cite a source is still important. In the modern classroom, you should teach the ability to evaluate websites for authority, find the origi…
What has having a child with a disability taught me? When I was pregnant, we learned our son had a condition that included multiple defects and a profound neurological impairment that would ultimately shorten his lifespan. Becoming Miles’ mother taught me more about love and trust than I could have learned in all my years alive. Having Miles was a journey of faith in many ways — faith that we could get through this as a family, faith that we would find purpose in his life and faith that God was with me on this journey. One of the more tangible impacts Miles had on my life is my ability to walk in others’ shoes more readily. His disability and what it took to…