Category Archives: teaching

Bribes, Callings, Wrong Numbers and Teacher’s Pay

Because of all the stories about teacher pay I am going to repost this blog  from 2007. An Alabama state senator made headlines this week when he said teacher pay should not be raised out of “biblical principle.” “Teachers need … Continue reading

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A Real Bargain

I had written around a thousand words about the destruction of public employee collective bargaining particularly as it would affect our schools, I was a teacher and a teacher association negotiator back in the “good” old days before collective bargaining … Continue reading

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Parent-Teacher-Torture oh I mean Conferences

October is the month for school conferences in the United States. As a Teachosaur I don’t like conferences for the most part. For two simple reasons; One. If I needed to talk to that parent I should have already done … Continue reading

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A Principled Principal- Gary Eyerly

I had two great principals to work for, as a classroom teacher, in my teaching career. The first was Terri Cunconan at Johnston Middle School in the 70’s and 80’s and my second was Gary Eyerly at Hiatt Middle School … Continue reading

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Teachers and the Crab Fishing- Dangerous Jobs?

Dr. Gerald Juhnke of the University of Texas quoted in a Des Moines Register  article concerning teacher killings illustrates just how far out of touch many college professors are with modern educational problems when he calls teaching a “peaceful profession.” It was a … Continue reading

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The Future of Bullying

I keep reading about all of the effort being spent protecting kids from bullies, a laudable but nearly impossible task to complete. Instead of using all of our resources trying unsuccessfully to protect kids from bullies perhaps we might be … Continue reading

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The Common (nothing special) Core

This is a re-post from  September of 2011 as the debate over the National Common Core heats up it seemed reasonable to re-post. National Core curriculums are like nuclear reactors, at the core of both we find a powerful but … Continue reading

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