Loser Teacher

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Maybe I AM a loser teacher. I mean, why would a successful person stay with a low-paying job for thirty-six years? Why would someone get to work every day ninety minutes before the kids and stay ninety minutes after they leave, only to go home and spend another two to three hours grading and planning? […]

This is My Son

Our country truly needs to re-examine the way it views education. A boy in my homeroom class was packing up at the end of the day. He walked up to me and asked quite bluntly, in pure seventh grade manner, “Mr. Ramsey, was your father ashamed of you for becoming a teacher?” I was truly […]

Relationships Over Rules…Teachers Matter Too


In the last several months we tackled the topic of relationships over rules in the world of students. You can read that post here. This time around, we’re diving into the world of relationships over rules with teachers. As a second year administrator, I (Brent) have a lot still to learn about how to best […]

Teacher Leadership: When Your Hands Feel Tied


Over the span of my career, I’ve worked with outstanding principals, very poor principals, and all of those in between. Leadership in a school makes a difference! Arne Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “There are no good schools without good principals. It just doesn’t exist. And where you have great principals, good […]

Managing Teacher Stress With Coloring


A teacher’s day is full of a lot of stress. We’re responsible for the well-being of 30 or more students. We have to inspire, guide, and nourish young minds. We have administrative duties and responsabilities. There’s also the grading and constant monitoring of student progress. At times you will feel as though you can’t keep […]

For The Love Of ED: A Few Thoughts on Teaching


To be a teacher, you gotta love what you do. You can’t just get by on caffeine and girl scout cookies (don’t ask). You really, absolutely, unconditionally have to love it, because, MAN it’s a hard gig! It’s a Hercules meets Sisyphus effort. When your students are climbing Mt. Knowledge, you’re scaling Mt. Grading Stuff, […]

The Value of Student Rapport

Rapport refers to the connection we create with other human beings. In education, developing rapport with our students is one of the most important parts of our job. Some of our students walk into the classroom not understanding themselves or believing in themselves. While they might not verbally say so, all of them want to […]

5 Must-Have Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers


Google Chrome is more than a fast browser. It can become a game-changing part of any teacher’s workflow when used with the right extensions. With new extensions added daily, you can find onefor nearly anything at theChrome Web Store. The extensions highlighted below were the first five I installed after recently switching to a new […]

10 Don’ts Teachers Want Parents to Know


But whether you’re the parent of a student in a private, charter or public school, there’s a common list of not-often-publicized parental do’s and don’ts. I want to focus on the “don’ts.”

The Case for Mental Health Days


I’m not a mental health professional. I’m not a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a social worker, or a counselor. What I’m about to say is grounded only in my practice as a teacher, my life as a parent, and my volunteerism as a leader in my faith community. In our school system we’ve been spending a […]

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