Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Does your middle or high school have an advisory period? This is the fourth year my school has, and like previous years, we have examined data to reevaluate its purpose and best use for students. The following is an excerpt from an important article that will get you thinking about how an advisory can be best used in your building:

Volume 23, Number 1
January/February 2007

Getting Advisory Right

Focus and commitment are keys to connecting with youth
It was a particularly tough parent conference. The mother of a student who had been suspended begged Richard Esparza, then a first-year principal at Granger High School in Granger, Wash., to readmit her son so he could get his diploma. When Esparza looked up the student's record, he found that after four years of school, the student "only had six credits to his name." The mother, realizing that her son would not be eligible to graduate, burst into tears.

"That's when I said, 'OK, we better work on our communication,'" Esparza recalls. "I had this experience in my first year, and in our second year we started our advisory program."

Schools across the country are looking-or in some cases looking again-at advisory programs, in which teachers meet regularly with small groups of students to help them navigate the challenges of school life as a way to improve graduation rates, family involvement, and academic performance.

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