Author: Nathasha Alvarez

  • Why Join United Teachers of Dade?

    Why Join United Teachers of Dade?

    Today at our “emergency meeting”,  I should have known something was awry when I didn’t see any of the social studies teachers in attendance. Turns out the steward from United Teachers of Dade (UTD) wanted to talk to us before our big vote tomorrow.

  • Misuse of an Inclusion Teacher

    Hold on to your special needs child’s IEP because what I’m about to tell you is going to blow you away. It’s not a rumor. It’s not about distorting lies. It’s about you knowing the truth. I’m getting many complaints from teachers all over Miami Dade County Public Schools who are fed up with

  • Is Your Child Really Gifted?

    I’m hooked on the CBS show Scorpion. It’s about four gifted adults who work with the government. Supposedly it’s based on a true story. As a young girl, I was given the “gifted” label. I had one of the best gifted teachers in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Mrs. D didn’t just have us think […]

  • Teachers, Stop What You’re Doing

    I’m a teacher. You’re a teacher. I say this to you from the bottom of my heart. Stop what you are doing! For the sake of your physical and mental health. Stop what you are doing! I want to say this at every faculty meeting but I don’t. I bite my tongue and hope that […]

  • BYOD: Positive or Negative Factor?

    Have you heard of BYOD? It stands for Bring Your Own Device to school. Yes! We are now asking students to bring their iPads, iPhones, and other electronic devices into the classroom. I guess we are supposed to be jumping up and down for joy over this. So why aren’t I joining the hip hip […]

  • NaBloPoMo: The Final Match

    NaBloPoMo Challenge I’m doing the NaBloPoMo challenge. That’s where I write a blog post every day in November. I’ve done this before but didn’t always successfully complete all thirty days. This might be the year! Who knows? I think it’s like a boxing match and I’m Rocky Balboa. I feel pretty confident this year because […]

  • Tests Ruin Our Children’s Future?

    I thought I had finished venting in yesterday’s post about over testing our children. I’m sorry. I was wrong. Today when I arrived to work, I received notice that the last week of October will be filled with more “mandatory” testing from the district. That’s just for reading. The following week will be for math. […]

  • State Testing Gone Wild

    State Testing Gone Wild

    I love teaching. I love being in the classroom with my students and being a part of their learning years. I’m not alone. There are thousands of teachers who feel the same way. Lately something has gone incredibly wrong. It is like a silent disease that is spreading from one generation into the next one. […]

  • Start the School Year with an A Plus

    Start the School Year with an A Plus

    If you’re a parent of child still attending school then I know you can’t wait for school to start. If you’re in Miami, tomorrow is your day! Let’s make sure that your child is going to have a successful school year because as a teacher, I might have your student in my classroom. So we […]