Teachers' Journal

Do you have a story to tell? Contact us to share your thoughts about being a teacher, or to respond to one of the articles below.

  • Teaching Is a Passion
    September 2003
    By Norma Casas

    I know by experience that teaching, contrary to what other people might think, is one of the toughest professions.

  • Let’s Call Them Caricatures:
    What the New Teacher Should Expect
    August 2003
    By Yardan W. Shabazz

    I teach high school English. If there is one thing I've learned in six years of teaching, it's that clichéd proverb that teaching is 20% instruction and 80% classroom management.

  • Even New Teachers Burn Out
    March 2002
    By Dennis Mercurio

    If we truly want to recognize the invaluable contributions our retiring teachers have made to our school systems, and at the same time provide our new teachers with a welcome head start, we will offer our retirees not just plaques and retirement parties, but opportunities to pass down their hard-won, irreplaceable wisdom.

  • Something Is Very Wrong
    March 2002
    By Lynnette Culverhouse

    If we sincerely want to reduce crime, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, suicide, self-mutilation, and sexual promiscuity among teens, we need to stop the militarization of public schools and give children the space to discover themselves.

  • Now That It Counts
    March 2002
    By Alison Ledger Fraser

    I am proud to be a high school English teacher at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. I am especially proud of my students, and the manner in which they took the MCAS tests last spring with pride and gravity.

  • Reflections
    September 2000
    By Ray Cagan

    A veteran teacher told me before I started that being a teacher is like being an artist, some days you are Picasso and other days you are just scribbling.

  • Cooperative Learning
    September 2000
    By John Bookston

    My experience as a teacher tells me that we have been way too quick to cast aside the student who does not "get it." We are condemning a huge number of people to a mathematical underclass.

  • Ear Leakage
    September 2000
    By Anne Collins

    I worry that the hard work of teaching for understanding will be replaced by teaching discrete topics in isolation, that problem solving will be replaced by mindless computations, and that we will have yet another generation of math phobics.

  • MCAS and Vocational Education
    September 2000
    By Albert P. Hebert

    Prospective tradespersons need a high school diploma and a background in algebra and geometry. They need the ability to read, write, and communicate clearly. Are these skills that the MCAS measures?

  • Other Expertise
    September 2000
    By Ed Lawrence

    Auto body collision repair isn't very glamorous. Yet I've got large numbers of kids interested in coming into these programs. But I'm finding, unfortunately, that most of the students that come into my program aren't well prepared enough academically in mathematics and reading comprehension to do well in the courses I teach.

  • My Journey
    September 2000
    By Andrea Utz

    I feel as though I could write an entire book about adjusting to life at a Boston high school. There would be chapters on teaching philosophies, inner struggles, assertiveness training, interpersonal communication skills, dealing with parents, motivating students, and balancing one's life so that you are still able to smile at the end of the day.