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

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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.


Best Practices are Practices that Work for Your Students (Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q&A / Ed Week)

Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q&A asks the questions teachers everywhere are asking, and tracks down answers from educators and experts. This week’s question: Based on your research and what you’ve seen and experienced in the classroom, what are the five best practices teachers can do to help their students become better learners? Click here for my answer, along with answers from Pedro Noguera and Barnett Berry.

Review by John Thompson on “@ The Chalk Face”

“Rereading the second edition… is just as much fun as the first read…. Young teachers should read Elden for her practical advice and humor, while veterans might read first for her wit.”

Read the rest of John Thompson’s review on @ The ChalkFace.

Review on MyEdMatch

“We like this book (and think you will too!) for its no-nonsense, humorous take on teaching, especially during the early years. Whether you’re an aspiring, early career, or mentor teacher needing a gift for your protégé, you’ll appreciate the practical advice on everything from stressing about lessons to due-date blues to taking charge of an out-of-control class.”

Click here to read the rest of the review and find out how MyEdMatch can help connect you with a school that fits your values and teaching style.

Keynote: Future Educators Association National Conference, April 10-12, Minneapolis

The 2014 Future Educators Association® National Conference will take place April 10-12, 2014, at the Hilton Minneapolis. The conference is a n action-packed event filled with networking opportunities, competitive events, and professional development for students and teachers alike. As someone who was once a high school student who wanted to become a teacher, I’m very excited to speak to current high school students who want to become teachers in the future. The title of my keynote is Becoming THAT Teacher – because when you’re in high school and you want to become a teacher, you don’t want to just become any teacher… you want to be THAT teacher.


Interview: Our City Thoughts / Miami

Our City Thoughts (OCT) is a non-profit organization that highlights Miami’s emerging community of startups, entrepreneurs, creators and thought leaders. They aim to refocus attention on a new narrative in Miami, centered on innovation, problem solving and entrepreneurship. (In a diverse city with awesome weather. Just saying.) I got to talk to them about why I love living in Miami, exciting education developments in the city, and what it means to be a “teacher-entrepreneur.

Interview Writeup: Gatsby In LA

Ellie Herman, the TV-writer-turned-English-teacher behind the Gatsby In LA blog, is working on a project so interesting I was hooked as soon as I heard about it: She is visiting classrooms and talking to teachers across the socioeconomic spectrum in L.A., from the lowest-income neighborhood to the most elite private school, to see what education looks like in a variety of contexts and to tell the stories of real teachers on the ground. In the process, she hopes to answer two main questions: 1. What is great teaching? 2. What is the purpose of education?

Here is her writeup of our conversation on what makes a great teacher, what doesn’t, and why the myth of the super teacher doesn’t help kids.

Class Dismissed! Five Unwritten Rules of Teaching (Educational Horizons)

Do you feel like everyone is following guidelines that you don’t have? Here are some rules of teaching that aren’t in any manual — but probably should be.