Trial Lessons To Hire Teachers: A Really Questionable Concept

Written by: Brian Preece A common practice in hiring teachers is the trial lesson where prospective teachers teach a lesson in front of students. Some of these trial lessons may be as short as 20 minutes while others might be a length of a block period (80-90 minutes). They are typically 30 minutes.   TrialContinue reading “Trial Lessons To Hire Teachers: A Really Questionable Concept”

Pushed Into a Corner, Teachers in Red States Fight Back

Written By: Brian Preece It is important for critics of public educators to realize just how desperate things are for public school teachers in America.  Consider that teachers have NEVER walked out or went on strike in Arizona.  Again, the key word is NEVER.  In Utah, there was a statewide walkout in 1989.  We haveContinue reading “Pushed Into a Corner, Teachers in Red States Fight Back”

“Voices of Reason” Brings Forth a Productive Dialog on Guns and School Safety

Written by: Brian Preece Over the past two weeks I’ve participated in two podcasts that I found both intellectually rewarding and hopeful. Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson host a podcast program called Voices of Reason (VOR) through KSL. I have known Amy for several years, as we are fellow sportswriters.  I’m merely freelance and AmyContinue reading ““Voices of Reason” Brings Forth a Productive Dialog on Guns and School Safety”

Senate Bill 95 is a Great Idea to Help Combat the Teacher Shortage/A Win-Win for Everyone

Utah is facing a teacher shortage.  Recent media stories and research has indicated that more than half of new teaching hires will leave the profession within five years. It is anticipated here that this will not drastically change in the not-so-distant future. Some positive things are afoot in regards to teacher compensation, but even withContinue reading “Senate Bill 95 is a Great Idea to Help Combat the Teacher Shortage/A Win-Win for Everyone”

What would you tell a first year teacher?

As part of the revamp of The Utah Teacher– teachers from around the state will be sharing their thoughts on this wonderful, and sometimes complicated, profession. The first guest post comes from Provo teacher and Utah Teacher Fellow, coach Brian Preece. He has over 25 years experience in the classroom and shares what he wouldContinue reading “What would you tell a first year teacher?”