Tag: Teacher Voice

Guns in Schools = War on Children

“Finding funds to arm teachers with guns but not resources to help prepare them to build tomorrow’s leaders is ridiculous.”  Last week we heard from the voice of fifth-grade student Ashawnti Jackson from Thomasville Heights Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Latisha Blackburn, M.B.A., Communications Teacher at Thomasville Heights Elementary School share her view on guns in schools and arming…

Making Math Make Sense

“You do not study mathematics because it helps you build a bridge. You study mathematics because it is the poetry of the universe.” Making Math make sense to students is what helps them to perform better. As I’m in the halls with my scholars, I ask them about their grades. They always cringe when they get to Math. I ask them “Is…

To Teach or Not to Teach? Teaching in the Millennial Age

“Annually, 13% of teachers leave the classroom and nearly 50% leave after five years.” —  Jonathan Cetel Founding Executive Director, PennCAN, and 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 In order to increase the retention of teachers, innovation and flexibility must be a standard within school districts. There has to be a balance between not only how we attract teachers but what is done to…

Teachers, Here’s How You Can Make These Last Days Before Break Count

The gap between Thanksgiving and winter break can be one of the most challenging stretches in time any teacher experiences. It’s like trekking the Sahara Desert with chapped lips, while only wearing a loose pair of Timberlands; you expose yourself to the same level of vulnerability and dryness and potential catastrophe. In my first year teaching, I barely survived December. I did more revisions…