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Class: Writing About Work (The Center @ MDC)

“People love to read about work. God knows why, but they do.”
– Stephen King, On Writing

Jobs are often fertile ground for writing material, and those who write about work frequently find loyal audiences. In this class, we examine a variety of work-related writing done well, including career confessionals such as Waiter Rant, worksite-based novels such as The Firm, popular work-related blogs, and even work humor, such as Dilbert. The course will include in-class writing exercises as well as instructor and peer coaching for ongoing projects.

When: Tuesdays, February 24 – March 31, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami Dade College

Click here to register or learn about other programs offered through The Center @ MDC.



Guidelines for Teacher Attire (Larry Ferlazzo / EdWeek Classroom Q&A)

Larry Ferlazzo, EdWeek Classroom Q&A’s much-loved asker of questions and collector of answers, asked for some helpful guidelines on teacher attire. You can read my response here. (Spoiler alert: I talk a lot about comfortable shoes, accidentally-exposed skin, and avoiding dry-cleaners.)

BAM! Radio: Talking Teacher Attire With Renee Moore and Larry Ferlazzo

Teacher attire doesn’t get much attention – except when it goes wrong. On this BAM! Radio segment with teacher-blogger Larry Ferlazzo and CTQ Teacherpreneur Renee Moore, we discuss how teachers can dress to show respect to their communities, show compassion for their own feet, and show as little unintentional skin as possible.

Five Mistakes NOT to Make After a Bad Day of Teaching

If you’ve had a bad day recently – or even a string of bad days – you’re not alone. It’s important to find ways to nurse yourself back to mental health when necessary. Equally important, though, is knowing what NOT to do. Start by avoiding the five common mistakes below, which can make a bad day feel even worse.

APEX Award for “Class Dismissed!” Column

The winning column is called Six Tips for Looking Less Like a Rookie, which is pretty self-explanatory. Thanks, APEX award committee!

What’s Your School’s “Kool-Aid Factor?” (

A school’s “Kool-Aid Factor” is the degree to which everyone in the building must share the same beliefs and behaviors. As you look for your next job, it’s worth thinking about where you’d like your school to fall on this spectrum.  This post on MyEdMatch shares commons signs of a school with a high Kool-Aid factor and some of the tradeoffs they may represent. If you haven’t heard of it already, MyEdMatch is an ingenious new site that uses the technology we normally associate with online dating to match the values and teaching styles of teachers with potential employers. If you’re looking for the school of your dreams, check them out. You know you’re tired of of asking for hookups from friends (and it’s always a bad idea to meet administrators at a bar.) As a bonus, MyEDMatch also gives away free copies of See Me After Class from time to time…



Four Parenting Lessons I Learned from Being a Teacher (

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. This means just as moms get ready to rock those fashion-forward Mother’s Day t-shirts, teachers get a shot at that tote bag we’ve been dreamily eyeing – or at least a flurry of emails assuring us that “2 teach is 2 touch lives 4ever.” (Occasionally, we also get Starbucks gift cards. Hint hint.)

“After Class, Come Find Me” (My book, now available in China through China Youth Press)

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Here is the link to the Chinese version of the book on Amazon.

Your Principal Vs. Your Principles (MyEDMatch blog)

MyEdMatch is a new(ish) service that combines the connection-building potential of LinkedIn with the compatibility-matching philosophy of online dating sites. Their goal? To help teachers find schools where they can work happily ever after… or at least reduce the staggering turnover rate in a profession where fifty percent of teachers leave within five years. Their blog features interview tips and considerations for finding a school that’s a good fit. (As online daters already know, some things are too important to leave to fate alone.) This post, about how to have tough conversations with administrators when you really need to, is an excerpt from my book chapter, Please Report to the Principal’s Office.


Class Dismissed! Dealing With Difficult Colleagues (Educational Horizons)

While the majority of your fellow teachers are outstanding citizens, most schools contain a few reminders that carrying a “#1 Teacher!!!” mug doesn’t make it true. This column provides descriptions of some of the difficult colleagues who might be roaming your hallway, advice on how to handle them, and a few tips to ensure that you aren’t the difficult one.