Top 12 Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

outdoor concert 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. Continue reading →

Why a Nameless Woman Just Became Part of My Curriculum

faceless-woman2 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. Continue reading →

An Educator’s Conundrum

WeNeedNine-Balance-1 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 checks and balances our Founding Fathers established is a […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →

To All the Ones I’ve Taught Before

PaintStrips 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. Continue reading →

The Power of Participation

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.57.51 AM By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association When I started teaching 20 years ago, some colleagues taught me some very important tricks of the trade: how to get on the janitor’s good side, how to sweet talk the secretary into making last minute copies for me, how to drink cheap […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →

Thank You Alice Paul

Women_suffragists_picketing_in_front_of_the_White_house 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 to a level that cannot be healthy. But can you imagine […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →

Who Really Deserves the F?

apples-to-oranges_blog 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 he and our superintendent were not worried about those failing […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →