Educator Voices

On Saturday, June 29th, Shivali Kadam was named Miss Oregon 2019. After three attempts, Kadam showed that four times can actually be the lucky charm. Her persistence and non wavering dedication has led her to finally achieving her goal. “I honestly just couldn’t believe it. After...
8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher contributed by Ian Lancaster What makes a teacher strong? What differentiates the best from the rest? There’s no shortage of bodies (some dramatically misguided) attempting to solve this riddle.  The answers are nebulous at best. Below is a list of traits, some...
More teens and young adults — particularly girls and young women — are reporting being depressed and anxious, compared with comparable numbers from the mid-2000s. Suicides are up too in that time period, most noticeably among girls ages 10 to 14. These trends are the basis of a scientific...
A Simple Definition For Poetry by Terry Heick As an English teacher, my students would ask me ‘what a poem is’ and before I could get two sentences in their eyes would glaze over and I’d have lost them talking about language and literary devices and the human soul and suffering...
Dale Knuth, now 58, says that in childhood her weight was a source of anguish — largely because of how her family treated her. “I had a brother who tormented me constantly,” she says. “If I came home from school and was hungry and ate an apple, I’d be called a cow, or a pig...

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