Keeping your Head Above Water

Ask any teacher, and they’ll tell you the same thing: teaching is complex. It is far harder than it seems at first glance. There are so many different activities to stay on top of: lesson planning, classroom management, testing, differentiation, field trips, record-keeping, communication, faculty committees, professional development, oh—and loving each one of the youngsters […]


Role Reversal

Eventually it happens to us all: The big dog becomes the little dog, the first become the last, the child becomes a parent, the student becomes the teacher. For me, after 12 years of being a teacher I’ve become a student again. Since January I have been enrolled in full-time language school to learn French […]


Teaching to the Test

Tests. The very word inspires dread in the heart of many a student. Who among us doesn’t remember sitting at a desk, staring down at a thick packet of paper knowing that how well we remembered the answers to the questions could significantly affect our grade in a given class. The bigger the test, the […]




Unstringing the Bow

Several years ago, at an ACSI school administrator’s conference, I heard ACSI’s regional director for international schools (and former BFA head) Tim Schumann speak about the principle of unstringing your bow. Essentially Dr. Schumann was encouraging school leaders to take the time to step away from the battle—the stress and the busyness that comes with […]