“Public School Teachers … An Inside Look”
This must-read ebook offers a different spin, as vs standard public school teacher writings. It gives an interesting glimpse into personal lives, in and out of the classroom. Beginning teachers may find some of this information particularly useful. There are three very good chapters in this ebook that cover lots of personal territory, from the start of a teaching career to its conclusion.
Chapter 1. The Early years
Chapter 2. The In-Between Years
Chapter 3. The Retirement Years
Imagine yourself in an inner-city school hallway after a nice long, relaxing summer vacation, watching 35 hyperactive teenagers knock and tumble into your classroom for the first time. The first day of school is a traumatic experience for just about everyone, especially for new middle school teachers.
The students, without fail, sit with their best friends and “Don’t-you-dare-move-my seat” is their mutual attitude. You, the teacher, are an annoying authority figure in the way of important peer-chat and socializing.
Well, welcome to middle school mayhem. “Teenage-ness” at fever pitch. Your responsibility as a teacher is to keep it all under control and to teach your best. What you do on the first day will cement your relationship with these students. … continue
Students react strongly to the seating arrangement in your classroom. Because some seating arrangements are more conducive to comfort and learning than others, there are great benefits to getting it right. For example, overall classroom control is improved when your desks are smartly arranged and positioned.
How you place your desks can influence the way your students interact. A break from tradition may work well for your students. By angling the desks, you might create a completely unexpected and interesting classroom environment you hadn’t considered. … continue
Lorna wakes with an eerie sense of foreboding … she senses it the moment the alarm goes off — something isn’t right. As she lay there half asleep, she chides herself, Snap out of it Ms. Brooks, you have a job to do and young lives to influence. Lorna Brooks is a public school teacher who, at the moment, is seriously debating whether to call in sick.
Ms. Brooks doesn’t do “absent.” She hasn’t missed one day of work in the eleven years she’s been a teacher at the high school, but she is nervous about the ominous feelings assaulting her this morning. The soothing shower she takes makes her feel so much better that she rejects the idea of staying home and proceeds to dress for work … she’ll wish she had stayed home, before the day is over. … continue
Martha Cannon is a warm, friendly teacher — witty and very clever. Martha loves to learn and loves to teach. To her, life is about “learning lessons” … and she will learn quite an unexpected lesson on this gray, stormy Monday at work.
When life is too intense for her, Mrs. Cannon breaks down like a little girl. All woman on the outside and just a tiny little girl inside. She broke down this afternoon when the principal summoned her into his office to inform her that she was being placed on indefinite leave pending an investigation into her conduct. … continue
It’s a hot day. The chirping birds outside her window seem exceptionally loud. She lounges on the comfy sofa enjoying the warm afternoon breezes blowing through the spacious living room. Mrs. Joyce Berry is a retired public school teacher. She is too comfortable right now to move but forces herself off the couch to get a cool glass of the lemonade she made with fresh, organic lemons and honey.
Before she knows it, Joyce is on her back, on the floor, staring up at the ceiling in a half haze. Her right knee gave out before she got two good steps away from the couch and down she went. The old knee has been troublesome but this is the very first time it has ever given out completely. … continue
Mr. Watson is getting on in years. The full head of hair is white and thinning, he’s paunchier, and has less energy — his kindly smile is the same, though. Mr. Watson is planning to retire at the end of this school year.
30 years ago when he began teaching, he won various honors for his teaching skills. He is a tough taskmaster in the classroom, but his classes are always interesting and innovative. To the students, Mr. Watson is a grandpa-like teddy bear. They like him and appreciate the love they feel emanating from him … but Scotty is in for the shock of his life. … continue