Why I Am Giving Up "The Hustle"
by Cassie Dixon on October 9th, 2017
Being a teacher is like running a business. A teacher manages 22+ miniature employees on many levels: presenting new information, monitoring progress, and evaluating mastery of content. It's our job to make sure that our students are learning & growing, just as it is a manager's job to administer training, support, and evaluate her employees. Just like a manager, a teacher is evaluated based on th...  Read More
Being Married to a Teacher
by Cassie Dixon on August 1st, 2017
When my now-husband and I first started dating, he shared something really special with me that will stay with me forever.  Read More
Why I Teach
by Cassie Dixon on July 28th, 2017
My response to anyone who asks me about my job as a teacher always goes like this, "I absolutely love what I do. It's challenging, and hard work, but I love it and can't imagine doing anything else." As the summer days start to sizzle out and July melts into August, teachers across the nation bravely set their eyes on the "Back to School" horizon. Amidst the back-to-school anxiety dreams (waking u...  Read More
What Teachers Really Do on Summer Break
by Cassie Dixon on June 16th, 2017
So What Do Teachers Really Do Over Summer Break? You've either heard this or said this before if you're a teacher or know a teacher. While it is a remarkable concept that as a teacher you're not "on the clock" for a full calendar year, getting "summers off" is not an accurate description. It's an awkward subject, and hearing this statement makes many teachers uncomfortable. Yes, we rejoice when we...  Read More
Learning is a Beautiful Mess
by Cassie Dixon on June 2nd, 2017
I wanted my initial post to be a reflection of my philosophy of teaching and to share a glimpse of the reason why I love what I do. Why primary education? Why early childhood? Jump in and I'll show you ... 
To me, the ultimate purpose of an educator is not to merely fill my students' heads with content knowledge and then check to see if they got it; teaching is not a boring wash, rinse, and repeat
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