Year: 2016

Top 12 Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

Each summer seems to fly by faster than the last, but take heart. If you feel like your summer is slipping away, it’s not too late to have some fun and get some tasks accomplished. Here are a few suggestions for making your summer full and productive, so you can feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new school year knowing you had a truly good summer.

Why a Nameless Woman Just Became Part of My Curriculum

When I first read the Stanford rape victim’s letter to her rapist, Brock Turner, I considered using it in my classes next year. It is a testament to the power of good writing, to the importance of knowing how to be articulate and eloquent even when writing about an emotional issue. Then I read more about Brock Turner. I got more and more livid. I’m no longer considering teaching this case to my students next year. I am doing it.

An Educator’s Conundrum

By Maria Correale Mueller – AP U.S. Government Teacher, Mason City Schools As an educator, I cherish the opportunities my students have to observe our Constitution at work, going beyond reading about it in a textbook. Watching the fulfillment of …

The unfulfilled vision of Board v. Board of Education

In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that “separate but equal” public schools for black and whites were not constitutional. Segregating kids based on race had long been the practice and it took the government stepping in to put a stop to it… in theory, at least. Over 50 years later, the reality is something else.

To All the Ones I’ve Taught Before

Dear Former Students,

I know it’s coming: the day when I have your children in class. It will seem incredible to me, since I still picture you as teenagers. How can you be old enough to have a child of your own in high school?

In any case, I would like to apologize in advance. Things are different now.

The Power of Participation

By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association

Thank You Alice Paul

By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the 2016 presidential race has got to be frustrated by now. At least once a day and sometimes more, my blood pressure rises …

Who Really Deserves the F?

By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association The F was not unexpected. My principal had prepared us, telling us that the district report cards were coming out, and that the grades were not good. He went on to say that …

OEA’s position on the House truancy bill (HB 410)

By Scott DiMauro, OEA Vice President  As educators, we are deeply committed to the success of every student, including those who struggle to make it to school every day. That is why OEA welcomes the introduction of House Bill 410 …

Counterpoint: The benefits of College Credit Plus

By Pamela Antos, Hilliard Education Association Thanks to the passage of College Credit Plus legislation, more Ohio high school students are taking college courses for dual credit. I am a Hilliard City Schools teacher who has been teaching dual credit …

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