Designing Teachers

*The featured image is from my colleague’s Ben’s room. He and his partner created an amazing space for his students: this is the huge wall to display the projector, and is whiteboard paint. He spent a lot of money and time on this for his Spanish classes.  If you know a teacher, this is the season of the classroom picture parade. I’m right there in it, too, sharing ideas and my set-up in my new classroom. And never once did I think I was doing this because of gender norms. I created the space so students would feel welcome and…

Tick.

Tock. Time’s up. A colleague recently posted this article by “Someone’s Mum,” Teaching: a ‘family unfriendly profession.’ I am not sure if she was posting it as evidence as to why she may not be planning parenthood for herself, or if that’s why she may consider leaving the profession if or when she starts a family. It doesn’t matter. These choices are hers and hers alone. But boy oh boy did it resonate. Colleagues who are young mothers of infants, toddlers, and elementary school aged children post about time spent away from sick toddlers, or working late into the evening getting…

Purple Unicorns II: Time Bandits and the Case of the Great Umbrage

TL:DR ‘be happy in your time management’ Apologies to John Spencer, but dang, he does give me good ideas. He recently sent this great post about how to work a 40 hour week. I have included his words here, verbatim. Before you hunker down and start reading, I want to point out the first tip, and how it stopped me in my tracks. John has great ideas, and has proven himself to be creative and innovative. But I can’t get past #1: 1. Use prep time for real prep. Don’t use that time to go to the staff lounge. Spend that time filling…