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Welcome to my tweenteacher website. Here I will be discussing the latest news in education, curriculum design, a smattering of educational policy, and most importantly, how to more deeply enjoy this crazy and difficult calling of ours. For if you don’t figure out how to love teaching, with all of its obstacles and insults, then your students will not love learning. This blog is meant to help new educators to the profession, veterans, and second career teachers navigate through this difficult yet rewarding career.It is also meant to challenge the past practices that do not work, while highlighting those that do. Through celebrating education’s successes and analyzing its struggles, I hope, that with honesty, I can help enable change.According to the National Education Association, 20% of all new teachers leave within three years, while 9% won’t make it to the end of their first year.When one analyzes urban schools, the numbers are even more extreme: approximately 50% leave the profession within five years. This is a disturbing statistic, yet one we are all familiar with.

This blog is meant to be a place to discuss and learn from each other some of the issues that plague all schools, all districts, and all educational models. I’ll share the lessons that work for me as well as those that crash and burn.  I’ll share the elements in teaching that make me want to run for the hills as well as those that keep me waking up every morning looking forward to these students everyday.

And the elements I love the most translate to the success of my students.  For let’s face it, their success as lifelong learners and as people who intrinsically want to succeed, helps me achieve my own happiness.  I’m selfish that way. I’m not interested in being miserable and spending my day unhappy.  Call me crazy.

Join in the conversation, and maybe we can help each other, all while helping our schools be the best that they can be.

Written by on May 18,2008 in: |

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