Best Places To Be a Teacher

The financial management company SmartAsset releases an annual study of the best places to be a teacher in the US. Factors such as school quality, culture, affordability, and salary levels all come into play for teachers who have the luxury of deciding on the best place to live.  For 2018, the best place is my hometown,…

What Happened to Humility?

According to the blog Advanced Life Skills: There are certain core needs shared by every person on the planet. Some of these needs are physical such as food, water, and air. We also have emotional needs. Once our physical needs are met, filling our core emotional needs becomes our number one priority in life. The…

IQ + EQ –> Success?

As educators, we know what IQ is – Intelligence Quotient.  The higher the number, the more capacity one has for learning about “stuff.” But, how can some people with lower IQs be more successful that people with higher IQs?  The answer, as is posited today, can be found in EQ – Emotional Intelligence.  Emotional Intelligence,…

Hard Work (or, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know)

It seems that everyone today is “working hard.”  In the marketplace – “We’re working hard to serve you better.”  In management – “With hard work, anything is possible.”  In education – “Our first graders are working hard this year to learn how to add numbers.” Weren’t computers supposed to make our lives easier?  In the…

Teachers: Administrators May Understand, But Many May Not Care

So many articles on are being published today on what’s wrong with our educational system.  References are made to common core, standardized testing and classrooms that were designed when the factory was the identified workplace as culprits.  Administration is built on a military model of top-down direction, leadership and supervision, because the military is where…