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Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit?

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Posted: September 5, 2012
Category: Rookie Teachers




“You’ll understand when you’re older.”

We tell that to our students, and they don’t like. We hear it when we start out in the teaching world and we don’t like. I remember an experienced band director told me once that he would tell me how to be a better teacher if he knew. He just knew that experience would help me get better. That frustrated me to no end.

I’m a step-by-step guy (if you haven’t noticed by reading other articles on this blog). “Just figure it out” is annoying to me. The way I like to figure things out is to look up the answers and work from there. “Experience is the best teacher” didn’t quite do that for ...



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Posted: August 10, 2009
Category: Personal




This summer has been the best summer of my teaching career so far. Unfortunately for you, I haven’t blogged about it a whole lot. As I get back into the routine of things a little bit more, I will have some more time and energy to begin writing about some of the things that I have experienced and why it is that this summer has been so good.

It all started back at the end of May when I made the decision to miss school on Memorial Day so I could go spend the weekend with my family. My sister was in town and my cousin had a party celebrating his graduation from Med School as a neurosurgeon. I hadn’t ...



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Posted: May 5, 2009
Category: Inspiration




This is an article in the Total Teacher Transformation series. Click here for a complete table of contents.

Let’s play a game
I want you to think about your classes right now. Think about the four biggest trouble-makers on your roll sheet. Now imagine, what it would be like if they all got sent to another school. You wake up tomorrow and those four kids are gone. What a great day!

But you know what?
With them gone, four more kids will step up and strart ruining your life. There is no end to the number of children who will misbehave if given the chance! Even if you only have one kid, they will still act up when given the ...



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Posted: January 3, 2009
Category: Blogging & Technology




Go read my first publicly available narrative account of my teaching career. The Great Guest Fiasco of 2009 was just posted at Learn Me Good....



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Posted: May 10, 2008
Category: General




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Posted: April 2, 2008
Category: Blogging & Technology




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Posted: January 5, 2008
Category: General




Check this stuff out! Are there any of you out there who actually do cool stuff like this?

If so, let me know.

If not, then find a way to do one experiment/demonstration like this each month for the rest of your teaching career. It will change lives.
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Posted: December 3, 2007
Category: Inspiration




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Posted: August 27, 2007
Category: Blogging & Technology




Today is the first day of school in Texas. Even though the school year starts later, the football season doesn’t. I’m sure some of the kids have already begun to burn out because of so much practicing for the last four weeks or so. But the high school band has a football game to play at next Friday, so we have a lot of work yet to do. Fortunately, it has been a terribly mild summer in South Texas, so it could have been much worse.

John shows that I’m not the only educator out there who places a high value on personal productivity. Check out his list.

A different John shows the value of custodians. We had a speaker ...



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Posted: June 5, 2007
Category: General




As my fifth year of teaching came to a close, I began thinking back on my teaching career. When I student taught, I had wonderful teachers to work with. I got to conduct a piece on the Christmas concert (in the semester I was supposed to be observing), and even got to fully rehearse one piece for the spring trip. That’s not too common these days, from what I have gathered.

So in that sense, I have been surrounded by great educators from the beginning. As teachers, we really need to consciously endeavor to surround ourselves with great educators. These can come in various ways, some of which are not what you might expect.

The most obvious place
Whatever subject ...



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