Category Archives: Opinion

I try to hold back as much as possible for the sake of respecting the tone of this blog -but- this is where I “let loose” sometimes and give my straight-up opinion on education and life as a teacher.

Today’s Teachers Must Find Inner Strength

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If you feel you can make a difference as a teacher, ignore the hue and cry of the maddening crowd and teach. It is possible and recommended by this teacher that you learn to find your stability from within. Continue reading

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Inspiration for New Teachers: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Personal Bests

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On your teaching journey, don’t compare yourself with others. Just do your best and you will find much success. Continue reading

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3 Tips for Teacher Success When Starting Their Career

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Once you accept the challenges of teaching, you can be a lifelong success and make a difference with your students. Here are some teaching tips on how to make that happen. Continue reading

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What Students Need from a Teacher

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Education has been in a state of flux for about 20 years. The latest trend is online teaching but there have been a lot of changes already in the last 20 years. Some will say President Bush tried to develop … Continue reading

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What Should we Test in Public Education?

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What should we test in public education? How about: practical job skills, traditional academic skills, and citizenship? To me, these are three great targets to start with. Continue reading

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Suggested 3 I’s of Education Reform

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My article below was first published as Three “I”s Suggested for Education Reform on Blogcritics. Public education in America is in a state of flux. In 26 states, including California, legislators are adopting the “Common Core” standards and curriculum to … Continue reading

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Opting out of Testing Gaining Favor with Parents? My response

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Another educator I follow on Facebook posted a link to an article on this topic. I want to thank him for posting it. Since a comment would have been too long for Facebook, this is my response: “I think in … Continue reading

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The Organic Teacher vs The Robot

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For the past 15 years, the California Teaching Standards have run the show in education. I’m not complaining. For 13 of these years, my job success has relied on them. I have embraced them, made them my own, taught them, … Continue reading

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Getting Buy-in From Your Students

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Most the years I’ve taught I’ve been able to produce results in my students’ motivation. This year it has been especially challenging. Maybe it’s because the test and the academics thereof have become the primary focus of school. Perhaps this … Continue reading

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A Different Sort of Merit Pay

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There has been a lot of talk about “merit pay” for teachers. I’m not here to debate the idea but I can tell you it has existed for years. I know because I have received it. You might wonder just … Continue reading

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