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The Critical Days of May – by Jake Zehren

You’ve made it. Only one month to go until your school year is over. That student who has challenged you every day in the classroom will soon have all summer to devise new ways to push all your buttons next year (for those of you who have the same students year in and year out).  Read the full article…

The Blurry Line Between Professional and Personal – by Megan Morin

All professionals walk the line between who we are and how we must present ourselves.  On the one hand, all teachers bring their personality and history into the classroom. This is what lends instruction enthusiasm, interest, humor, and connection. It is what builds relationships and allows our students a glimpse of our own fallibility and  Read the full article…

Students First – by Jake Zehren

Students’ First, one of our Denver Public Schools Core Values. It can get easy to turn on cruise control at this junction of the school year. However, now is the time when our students need us most.  As the high stakes tests we are obligated to give approach, our students become overly stressed. While you  Read the full article…

Catch-22 – by Megan Morin

It’s that time of year. You can see it in the panicked faces of teachers each time they glance at the calendar. Students begin to hear the acronym whispered over and over again…. PARCC, PARCC, PARCC. As the testing date approaches I find myself worrying about how my students will do, thinking about how to  Read the full article…

The Right Foot – by Jake Zehren

I am still in pain over my Green Bay Packers loss to the Seahawks from two weeks ago.  The way the Packers let a game get away after having such a good first half and the way the Seahawks showed resilience and came storming back for the win can be an analogy for us teachers  Read the full article…

Second Semester Shifts – by Megan Morin

 Time is relative. For me, the two weeks off for winter break felt like hardly any time at all. For my 9 and 10 year old students, it stretched on forever – a long fraction of their short lives. How students re-enter the classroom after that long break is just as important as how the  Read the full article…

Small Statements, Big Victories – by Jake Zehren

“Are you serious? I’ve never gotten a 100% on anything before!” -9th grade student “All I want to say is, Thank You! I got the second highest grade in my class!” 12th grade student These statements from two of my students recently have reminded me of the importance of my work and the way specially  Read the full article…

So how’s work? – by Megan Morin

Starting a new job is stressful regardless of your profession. There are systems and procedures to memorize, maybe a new computer system to navigate; new coworkers and management. It’s often accompanied by a headache, trying to learn too many things at once and proving that you’re capable. I knew that teaching would be difficult, but  Read the full article…

My DTT Experience… – by Jacob Zehren

Hello! My name is Jacob Zehren. I am a 2013-2014 alum of the Denver Teach Today program. I currently am a high school special education teacher at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Southwest Denver. I moved to Colorado in January of 2013 and began working as a school paraprofessional in a special education room in  Read the full article…

My Reasons for Becoming a Teacher – by Megan Morin

“No puedo decir que yo sé. Me siento estúpido.” I can’t say what I know. I feel stupid. These are the words I remember from my student, Juan, who had just moved to the U.S. from Mexico. He was explaining how he felt in several of his other 6th grade classes – unable to demonstrate his knowledge, unable  Read the full article…