Dr. Jane Bluestein

Why I Teach: Looking back at a tough first year

Jane Bluestein and class, 1976, Pittsburgh, PA

Yes, that’s me on the right back in the mid-1970s. Here’s an excerpt I use to remind myself what those first few years were like, and why I’ve stayed in the profession for the past 42 years:

If you had asked me back in the beginning to tell you why I teach, I don’t know how I might have answered. It wasn’t the money— back in my days as a teaching intern [in 1973], I was bringing home a mere $318 a month, which wasn’t much, even then. It wasn’t the hours—between graduate school and losing the battle to stay one step ahead of my thirty-nine fifth graders, I was putting in ridiculously long days. And it certainly wasn’t the chance to exercise my genius as an instructor—I was lucky if I could get through one day without a fight breaking out.

No, there wasn’t much glory in… (Click here to read more…)

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About this site:

My first Web site appeared with a handful of pages in 1997. This is the 4th version of the site, launched at the end of 2012 with a new look and a lot of new features. Although the appearance and structure of the site has changed over the years, my intentions have always been to inspire positive and practical ways to connect with one another in caring, emotionally safe environments. With an emphasis on adult-child relationships, nearly all of the material on culture and community, learning, teaching and parenting, motivation and behavior, and self-care can be applied to adult relationships as well. (Read more…)

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• We now have 23 free podcasts on various topics relevant to educators and parents and have three more in the can, which I hope to post in the next few weeks. Click here for the full listing by topic of the podcasts on the site so far. Be sure to click on the  Program Notes above the photo. They’ve all been updated with new graphics and new links. (Note: We’ve had some reports of the podcasts not playing on Firefox on some Macs. You can still download the files to your hard drive and listen from there.)

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