Our tagline says it all: Giving a voice to teachers through grassroots efforts, one resource at a time.
TRUTH In Teaching exists solely for teachers. I want to help you survive this current trend of “education reform,” high-stakes testing, and the war on teachers. And, I want to provide easily implemented, convenient, and practical resources that will be invaluable tools for you this school year and in years to come.
I can’t tell you how many times I heard teachers saying that they don’t want to “reinvent the wheel.” With teachers’ time being spent on so many things as part of your job descriptions, and things that aren’t but that come with the territory of being in charge of young minds, you don’t want to waste time creating things if others already have created them for you. But, I found in all my years of teaching that some teacher resources are anything but practical and useful. As an English teacher, I especially tried to find and create engaging ways to involve my students in those long novels they dread so much (you know, the ones that I absolutely love and tried my hardest to instill the same passion for in my students), but when I purchased novel guides and resources for ideas, I nearly always was disappointed. Often, my first thought was, “Why did I pay for this? I could have made something so much better.” Through TRUTH In Teaching’s resources, I try to save you time and money with resources I used and relied on at some point in my teaching career. Of course, I realize that teachers are professionals and nobody knows what will work in your classroom better than you. Feel free to browse the resources for inspiration, if nothing else.
Some of these resources may be nothing new to you at all; others may be something that you want to start using tomorrow. Some of the resources are intended to make managing your classroom and your information easier, while others are purely instructional resources. Many of them are a blend of techniques and strategies I gained during the course of earning my M.Ed. in Educational Development and Strategies, plus an additional 60 graduate credits in curriculum and literacy, but more of them are resources I developed out of sheer necessity because I never had a year without at least one of my classes being responsible for taking a high-stakes assessment at the end of the year; I always felt as though “making AYP” rested on my students’ and my own shoulders. The difference between my resources and those I was being told to use is simple, yet incredibly important: I developed mine to help kids learn; they developed theirs to help kids pass a test. The sad thing is, with the state of education today, those two things are not the same.
For easy reference, I have listed the resource categories below in alphabetical order. They also appear at the top of this page in the menu bar, and the choices expand to show you all of the subcategories and items that are available. Check back often, as I add to these Resources as much as possible.