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Teacher Diary:
Reflections on Teaching and Learning


Are you a good teacher? How does your teaching style compare to the styles of your colleagues? Are your classroom management skills as effective as those of other teachers in your school? Do your classes fill your students with enthusiasm -- or imbue them with ennui? Are you confident in your ability to deal with any student problem that arises in the course of the day? Are you aware of the most current teaching strategies and management techniques -- and do you know which ones are most successful?


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Do you have comments, questions, or advice for one of our teacher diarists? Would you like to talk with one of our teachers about your own classroom experiences? E-mail The Reflective Teacher to share your thoughts.

Are you sure?

One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is the isolation it imposes on its practitioners. Teachers spend most of their days alone in their own classrooms, with their own students. Few opportunities are available to casually observe -- and easily learn from -- other teachers. Little time is available to consult with one's colleagues about a difficult student, a persistent management problem, or a lesson disaster.

To help fill that void, Education World offers this year's teacher diaries, Reflections on Teaching and Learning. In this series, three teachers in three different classroom situations take turns reflecting on their professional experiences, problems, successes, and concerns. We hope their reflections will help you as you face your own classroom experiences.

This year, Education World's teacher diarists are:

  • Gail Beyrer, an AmeriCorps veteran whose husband also is a teacher, teaches fourth grade on Long Island, New York.
  • Stephanie Blackburn, a 2002 Milken Award winner, teaches fourth grade in Westerly, Rhode Island.
  • Monica Breaux, who teaches first grade in an urban Louisiana school, was named her school's Teacher of the Year after her first year teaching!

Click below to read this year's diary entries.


About Gail

About Stephanie

About Monica
January 14, 2003 January 21, 2003 January 28, 2003
February 11, 2003 February 18, 2003 February 25, 2003
March 11, 2003 March 18, 2003 March 25, 2003
April 8, 2003 April 15, 2003 April 22, 2003
May 6, 2003 May 6, 2003 May 6, 2003
May 13, 2003 May 20, 2003 May 27, 2003



Previous Teacher Diaries

Be sure to see Education World's previous teacher diary features, The First 180 Days: First-Year Teacher Diaries and A First-Year Teacher and Her Mentor.

Article by Linda Starr
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