Tag: Teacher Mentors

The Courage It Takes

There’s a great story about General Westmoreland that reminds us what can happen if we are brave with each other. The general was reviewing a line of paratroopers and decided to talk to three of them. "Son," he said to the first one, "Do you like to jump out of airplanes?" The paratrooper grinned before

Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

There's no getting around it—we teach who we are. By our presence in a classroom, it is inevitable that students learn about us. We teach who we are, so who we are matters. Who we are becomes evident through our relationships with students. Wayside teaching—making the most of sometimes seemingly inconsequential connections with kids—is one

The Intellectual Life of Teachers

If we’re not careful, we may lose our intellectual selves. We can grow numb with repeated exposure to ideology and structures built to maintain the school’s status quo. With each passing year, our teaching routines, pacing guides, and collegial interactions become more automated, turning us into pseudo-perpetual motion machines that operate continuously without any source

An End to the “Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing” Era

It seems like everywhere you turn, you can find a study that says that the teacher is the number one factor impacting student achievement. No kidding, right? I think many of us in the field have known this for a long time. Last summer I spent time reflecting on the qualities and skills that effective