A Teacher’s Brain Following Yet Another School Shooting…and Yet Another Misguided Response by Legislators
Ohio Teacher Julie Holderbaum shares more questions whirling around in a teacher’s brain…this time following a school shooting and recent legislation passed in light of it.
A Typical Teacher’s Brain in an American Public High School on Any Given Day
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | It’s been widely reported that teachers make up to 1500 decisions per day. One high school teacher offers a glimpse into what those many questions look like on a typical school day. Spoiler alert: it’s exhausting.
Small Moments of Joy: Can They Keep Teachers in the Classroom?
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I came home from the first day of kindergarten and never once changed course. I don’t have a Plan B, so this realization that I might not have it in me to finish a career in teaching is particularly stressful
Doing Whatever It Takes: A Changed Perspective
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | For many years of my career, “you do what you gotta do,” meant doing whatever it took to get my job done. Now, it means doing whatever I have to do to take care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally, and not letting my job or the stress that comes with it overtake the rest of my life.
To Vote or Not to Vote: Why Educators Need to Do More Than Help Students Register to Vote
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | Many educators discuss the importance of voting with our students. But can we do more to alleviate their anxiety and fear of the unknown, to make them feel that their voice matters?
‘A’ is for Advocacy – Why We Must All Become Activist Educators
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | During the past few months, Ohio’s teachers have found ways to creatively teach every content area while being separated physically from our students.
Taking Comfort in What We Know: Surviving as a Type A Teacher in Times of Uncertainty
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | I’m a Type A teacher who thrives on planning. It’s difficult to plan when there are so many questions and so few answers. I can’t help but feel truly overwhelmed.
Conference Committee Testimony by Dan Heintz
Guest Blog By Dan Heintz, Chardon LSD/OEA | Dan provided the following testimony to the Conference Committee on EdChoice Vouchers
Why Ohio’s Report Card System Is Failing to Make the Grade
Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | Ohio’s taxpayers want our schools to produce flourishing young adults who will contribute in meaningful and healthy ways to our society, and they spend a lot of money to ensure that this happens.
OEA Pres. DiMauro: Your Feedback on State Report Cards Needed
This week, I have an important ask for feedback to help guide us in our efforts to design a plan for a better state report card system. I also have information to share regarding the 21 days we have left before the 2019 election as well as updates on how we’re preparing for 2020.