Aker: A plane passenger asked a teacher a kind of rude question about her job. She responded eloquently!


It’s annoying when people mistakenly think your job is really simple. Most people’s lines of work are more intricate and multilayered than those who don’t do that work would guess. So most of us can think of a time someone reductively assumed that our jobs are very simple (whether it’s writer, janitor, stay-at-home parent, or […]


Jones: Why I became a middle school teacher after 20 years in the military


Editor’s note: Veterans Day honors those who have served in the United States military. Many veterans take up teaching when they return to civilian life. Darrell Jones served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years. He worked as an aircraft mechanic and retired as a technical sergeant E-6 before training to be […]


MS ED BLOG “Clips from the Classroom” Call for Submissions #1


Teachers! Kids say the darndest things, don’t they? Seems like children are always coming up with something off the wall to add a chuckle to a teacher’s day. So… what do they say here in Mississippi? What’s the funniest thing a student has said in your classroom? Tell us! Anything from a sentence to a couple of paragraphs will […]


Teacher Talk: ‘I hear of teachers crying on their kitchen floor because of the stress’


From TES: Teachers expect to work hard but should not be expected to devote every minute of their lives to their job, writes one union leader I was speaking recently at a joint ATL/NUT meeting on childhood and adolescent mental ill healthwhen I was silenced by a young man who told me that while he […]


Teacher Teacher Diaries: My teacher evaluation was affected, because I couldn’t work free overtime to finish data entry…


I came home crushed today…my spirit shattered…my morale broken. Sometimes I feel like being a teacher in the public school system is like being in a dysfunctional relationship where you just keep finding reasons to justify the abuse you’re accepting. It’s like the battered woman that finds every reason to stay, because at the end […]