By DIONNE WALKER, Staff Writer
Her nights and weekends a blur of job-related paperwork, Elizabeth Magiera is ready to raise the white flag.
The fourth-grade teacher at Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills is sick of lugging home a dozen books to plan her weekly lessons, and even sicker of missing her niece's weekend soccer games to handle extra paperwork.
Then there's the graduate degree she barely has time to pursue and the even...
JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN GUEST COLUMNIST
Last month, I flew to the Midwest to address future history teachers at a small state university. As I warned the audience, most high school students describe history with a single adjective: boring. We make kids memorize dull facts -- names, dates and deeds -- when we should be asking them tough questions about these facts.
"We have a holiday named after George Washington, because he fought for liberty," I said, by...
Many people think that teachers choose their profession because of the vacations. Discussing what teachers do in their so-called time off would be another column, but one of the most compelling reasons for pursuing a teaching career is the chance to renew every year.
Students aren't the only ones arriving to school on the first day with excitement and a little trepidation. Most of us spend a good part of our summers reflecting, learning, ...