LIFTING UP TEACHERS – #1

OUR K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE IN NEED OF A LIFT. They’ve been under relentless attack in recent years, almost exclusively from people outside the profession – particularly the corporate “reformers” and politicians. Our schools are not “failing,” and our teachers are accomplishing far more than they’re given credit for. They deserve better – starting with our appreciation. THEY NEED A LIFT. That’s the sole purpose of this blog. I want to honor and thank our teachers while posting content that’s intended to brighten their day: suggestions for effective teaching, quotes, humor, and good news. I’LL KEEP IT ALL POSITIVE!

I spent 36 wonderful years in the classroom. My #1 goal was to bring out the best in my students – to help them develop both their minds and their hearts.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

Although I’ve been out of the classroom for a few years, I’m still passionate about education. My goal now is to help bring out the best in teachers (at any level, public or private) – those dedicated and caring souls who make up the most important profession in the world. And as good teachers always do, they’ll bring out the best in their students.

Four Types of Posts

The blog will contain four types of posts pertaining to schools, education, learning, teaching, character, kids, families, and teachers. I’ll be posting about once per week and will do my best to keep them SHORT and UPBEAT:

1. GOOD TEACHING

This will be the primary focus. I’ll be sharing strategies for creating the best possible learning environment in the classroom  – a CARING COMMUNITY. I especially want to help teachers new to the profession, but also experienced teachers who want to hone their skills and become better. Most of the suggestions here come from my book Lessons From The Classroom: 20 Things Good Teachers Do.

Note: 100% of the profit from sales of the book are donated to six educational organizations. All emphasize educating both the mind and the heart (character development)

2. GOOD QUOTES 

Everyone loves a good quote, especially teachers. I’ll be passing along the best ones I currently have as well as new ones I discover and receive from subscribers. All will be about teaching and learning.

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. – John Cotton Dana

3. GOOD HUMOR

Everyone also loves a good laugh. There’s plenty of humor associated with education, especially in the classroom. I’ll be passing along some of my favorite “funnies” from time to time. Example:

Middle school English teacher placing emphasis on learning new vocabulary words: “Use a word ten times, and it will be yours for life.” From the back of the room comes a male voice: “Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda.”

4. GOOD NEWS

Despite the recent criticism and demands (by non-educators) placed on our profession – especially the testing, testing, testing – there are some significantly positive movements and victories occurring as well. I’ll report on them as they develop. There are some great people out there who are fighting hard for us. And because of them, there’s hope for our profession!

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