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John Owens

From Career-Changer to 'Reform'-Fighter

John Owens | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
John Owens

What does it take to transform a middle-aged publishing executive from the suburbs into a fire-breathing fighter for public schools and an outspoken o...

John Owens' Confessions of a Bad Teacher

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Mercedes Schneider

I teach. I blog. I speak publicly. I advocate. I advise. I counsel. Not much time left for reading for pleasure. However, from the very opening paragraphs of John Owens' firsthand account of the contemporary, reform-beaten American classroom, Confessions of a Bad Teacher, I was hooked.

Secure Attachment: Do Good Teachers Need It?

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Lisa Ellen Niver

While I do not want to add any more items to teachers ever growing pile of things to do, the goals of increased self-confidence and independent learning are valuable for students and teachers. Perhaps if we focused on the really important items, teachers would have less busy work to do and could accomplish the most treasured tasks.

Why So Many Of America's Teachers Are Leaving The Profession

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Ellen Niver

The vast majority of teachers are working overtime without the tools or budget to manage the plethora of issues inside and outside the classroom. On top of that, administrators who only compound the situation by micromanaging the wrong things make the lives of teachers completely untenable with their lack of support.

The Best of Teaching and the Worst of School "Reform"

John Thompson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

Rafe Esquith's Real Talk for Real Teachers and James Owens' Confessions of a Bad Teacher both become more powerful when read next to each other.