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Ariel Sacks

August 8, 2014

My Best Posts for Beginning Teachers


As I browsed the back-to-school posts in my various feeds, I was inspired to do a round-up of my own posts that I think would be most useful to beginning teachers. I’ve focused on practical tips, organization and classroom management ideas, because I think these represent some of the most immediate hurdles and stressors for new teachers, but I also included a few big-idea posts at the end too.


Practical/Classroom Management

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Kelley Leathers

August 1, 2014

Vergara: A Quick Fix Masquerading as a Solution


If Judge Rolf Treu were my student, I would tell him his decision in Vergara v California, which threw out important teacher protection laws in California, needs some serious rethinking. If we look at the Vergara decision through the lens of the Common Core standards, it’s easy to see where Treu’s findings fall flat.

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Megan Allen

July 10, 2014

How is teaching like nachos? What teaching is: Reflections of new teachers, part 2


This microblog is part 2 of a 3 day series that began yesterday. Enjoy! Chuckle. Laugh. Reflect...I sure did! Shout out (once again!) to the awesome soon-to-be teachers at Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College who reflecting on their practice for this piece.

If teaching were a a food, it would be:

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Justin Minkel

June 29, 2014



The kindergartner had gotten lost and ended up in the 2nd grade wing. She looked around at all the big kids, a little bewildered but not quite scared as of yet. Then she spotted me standing outside my classroom door and her face broke into a radiant smile. She walked up to me, arms outstretched, and gave me a hug.

That little girl had no idea who I was. But she knew I was a teacher, and in her a mind a teacher is someone you can trust to take care of you.

That trust is a gift. Earning it lies at the heart of our profession.


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