Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Come See Us

Attention all educators around the Rochester, NY area ... We will be at the The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) 93rd Annual Convention & Education Expo in Rochester on October 26 & 27. Come see our booth along with some of the fabulous things we do at Byron-Bergen Central School. We are sharing a booth with our Technology teacher and our Robotics lead teacher. For more information on the Education Expo visit

Monday, October 15, 2012

Exhusted Teachers

One of my friends posted this article on her Facebook last week.

I think that every educator can relate to some portion of this article. I think we can all agree that we are all tired AND it is just the start of the school year.  We are constantly taking on new endeavors given by our state while trying to become proficient in teaching the new mandates and at the same time attempting to explain the WHY to parents. ( Why does my 10year old need to know this? or Why is my 6 year old taking so many tests??" etc) After reading this article I am still exhausted but I do feel better knowing that this is a nation wide issue. 
So, as parent/teacher conferences approach just stick to the facts, leave your exhaustion behind and talk about what you know for sure ... you know your students...you know their strengths and weaknesses. Do not let political turmoil, education reform or personal feelings take over your conference. We may not have solutions for the way teachers are being portrayed but you can avoid being a scapegoat if you keep conversations to the point, factual and focused on the individual student.

Unlike the article ...my ending quote would say something like

 "Get Up,  Fix what you can in your circle of influence, Continue to Make a Difference because Exhaustion is a sign of Doing"