Stories

In his classic Schoolteacher (1975), sociologist Dan Lortie coined the term “apprenticeship of observation” to describe the thousands of hours we spend as students observing and evaluating educators in action. He explored the hazy perception these hours generally lead most of us to hold about teachers and teaching.

Perhaps no other profession creates more stories in a class period, day, or year than teaching. And almost all of those stories go untold. As part of SC-TEACHER’s work to understand the impact of the state’s teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention policies and practices, we are sharing stories from educators—firsthand from their classrooms and schools—so we can be reminded of what they experience NOW. We have much to learn from them.

Finding My Rhythm as a New Teacher

by Carson Coomes, Orchestra Director, Blythewood Middle School As a fourth grader, I remember being…


Carolina Transition to Teaching: We’re Better Together

The Carolina Transition to Teaching Program, funded through a US DoE Teacher Quality Partnership…


Takes One to Know One: How Empathy Made Me a Better Teacher

by Demetrius Williams  Computer Lab Aide at North Springs Elementary Have you ever had that dream…


Why I’m Still Here: Reflections on the Choice to Teach

by Alexis Deese-Smith  7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at R.H. Fulmer Middle School…


My Community of Mentors Lift Up, Support Learning — For All of Us

by Daniel Hoilett 2nd Grade Teacher at Brushy Creek Elementary October of 2015 had arrived. Many…


Bridging the Gap with Support and Planning

by Madalyn Hazlett Dreher High School Mathematics Teacher At the end of my first year of teaching,…