Education News

Empty Sidewalk

by Tim Ramsey, seventh grade writing teacher at Westwind Elementary in the Pendergast Elementary School District

One of the things that I miss the most, now in this pandemic time, is after school duty.  I know, I know.  That sounds crazy.  Who, in their right mind, enjoys duty after a long day of teaching adolescents? I guess I’m not in my right mind. My duty for the past four years has …

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Good for Each Other

by Tim Ramsey, seventh grade writing teacher at Westwind Elementary in the Pendergast Elementary School District

My second hour class had lots of questions for me this morning. The period lasts only thirty minutes, and I had a lesson to present. But how could I not let them speak for a few minutes? “Do you like ‘Star Wars’?” “Do you like horror movies?” “What is your favorite band? I took their …

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My typical day – teaching during COVID

by Lynette Stant, 3rd Grade teacher at Salt River Elementary School, 2020 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year

6 a.m. – I start my day by checking emails. Many of my colleagues are up late at night catching up on communications, so I have to get an early start to respond. 7 a.m. – Time to post an attendance question. Students will answer it, and this will give me an idea of who …

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Community Colleges a Vital Part of Arizona’s Education Landscape

by Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., President, Coconino Community College.

As I pursued my doctorate degree, I had a university professorship squarely in my sights. When I first started teaching at a rural community college in Wyoming, I was still working on my Ph.D. I soon found a passion for the community college mission—I knew I was home, and I never looked back. It really …

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Distance Learning Advice from a Veteran Educator

by Christine Roche, M. Ed., NBCT, highly qualified special education teacher, Amphitheater Public Schools

I always thank my parents for trusting me with their child. That is an honor I take to heart. Here’s what I would tell them: First off, don’t forget to hug your child! They are stressed too. Humor is priceless. Keep a journal so y’all can look back and laugh at all the funnies. Don’t …

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