Teachers are broke and leaving the field. They shouldn’t be. I started posting “broke teacher” jokes to cheer up a broke teacher. Then, I made a website with articles like “Best Places to Steal Pens and Pencils for Your Class.” It was funny until I realized I was a broke teacher too.
A lot of things make teachers broke, not just low teacher pay. It’s “teacher behaviors” too–teachers are trained to fund their classrooms at the expense of their own needs. Teacher guilt is real–and destructive.
“A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success” will help you recognize and stop the classroom spending and teacher guilt that are crushing your finances and causing you stress. It’ll also help you see just how marketable YOUR teacher skills are in the outside world.
I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I wrote them just as education was going from “respected career” to the middle of a national storm.
Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits who’ve never spent time teaching are calling the shots. Everyone has something to say about education–everyone except the students and teachers in the classroom. Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform is my story of trying to cut through the red tape and change the world. It was written in 2015 but it’s still true today–maybe even moreso.
Next book’s on the way. It’s not about teaching. It’s about vegetables. I promise, it’ll be worth it.