Teacher education

Teaching This Teacher

My first year of teaching (sigh, moan, groan) included a single-wide trailer behind a "high-needs school," one ream of paper for my copies (that was replenished in December), and one truly fabulous colleague.

Alison had been teaching for six years when I started, and was a truly gifted teacher. Her classroom (a double-wide trailer) was everything I wanted mine to be – inviting, stimulating, and organized. Her classroom management was subtle, but effective. She held incredibly high expectations for her students, and they worked even harder to meet her goals.

Stand up tall, wave your arms, find some help

If you've been reading the comments on some of my other posts, you might have seen first-year teacher Sarah's comment sharing her confusion "about the direction I want/need to go with reading instruction." Sarah put a voice to the feelings of so many first-year teachers when she wrote "with so little experience, it is hard for me to sort through everything I hear from the experts on both sides."

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"Books are a uniquely portable magic." —

Stephen King