Editorials

Editorial: A Man in Hawai'i Working during the pandemic

I work at The Early School on the island of Oahu in Hawaii as a toddler teacher in the Young Children's Program. When we moved into the Spring Break of 2020 I was very concerned about the Corona virus. So was everyone else in Hawaii. It was the weirdest start to a Spring Break I have ever experienced. I closed that last Friday.

Editorial: Getting back to the first grade

by Doug Pugh - The Alpena News
During my second year in law school, I was involved in an automobile accident. At that time, my financial cushion was threadbare, so meeting the insurance deductible abraded the fabric. Having no patch material or thread with which to sew, I had to go to work.

I became a full-time sixth-grade teacher in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, during the day, and a part-time law student in Detroit at night.

Do White People Get It? Racism Through the Eyes of a Black Male Teacher

By Malcolm J. Gillard - Education Week Editorial
The video of George Floyd taking his last breath was difficult for me to process. I experienced anger, sadness, fear, frustration, disgust, outrage, and betrayal. I can't express what I felt when Floyd begged the officer to remove his knee from his neck and called out to his deceased mother. Watching him being restrained in that moment, I imagined Floyd as a young child—no different from a child I teach—crying out for help.

Editorial: A Male Teaching in a Pandemic

By Joe Raygor - St. Croix Falls School District
I teach because of the relationships formed with my students. I enjoy the curriculum and the data part of the job, but the relationships formed with the students is why I do it. I like kids. Distance learning has changed my daily routine and that's frustrating. But overall, day by day we'll get through this and we'll be back face to face strengthening those relationships again.

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Letter: More men needed in early childhood education in Canada

by Jayden Aylward - Sarnia - Canada
I am a second-year student in the early childhood education program at Lambton College and want to address the lack of men in the field.

I believe more men want to get in this field but feel the stigma is pushing them away. They should be welcomed and wanted in caregiving positions.

According to the College of Early Childhood Educators, 1.4 per cent of registered ECEs are male.

Why Men of Color Like Me Are Leaving the Classroom

by Alan Chazaro
I had never taught Tatiana before. Yet, after a Latinx student meeting in Oakland, the 12th grader unexpectedly embraced me, sobbing: “You’re the first Mexican teacher I’ve seen at this school; I just wanted to say thank you.”

Translation: I’ve never seen someone like you in a position of academic importance.

When Race is the Primary Job Qualification for Teachers

By Drego Little - Education Next
A few years ago, I met with two program directors. One worked for a well-respected education nonprofit, the other for a local public-school district. They had each recently released employees for poor job performance. Both of the released employees were people of color. When I asked the directors what they had covered in the job interviews with these employees, the directors told me they had asked the job seekers for their story.

I'm a Black Teacher Who Works for a Black Principal. It's Been a Game Changer

by Gemayel Hazard - Education Week Teacher
I’m a black male elementary teacher, and I’ve just finished my first year working for a black principal. It’s been incredible. I’m fortunate to have worked with school leaders of all races and genders. But perhaps because of his life experiences, my current principal has a certain mix of rare qualities that have created a powerfully positive working environment for me.

It hasn’t always been that way in my teaching career. I’ve felt sidelined, misunderstood, and disrespected at some of the other schools where I’ve taught. It’s just the opposite in my new job.

No Man’s Land: Where Are the Male Daycare Caregivers?

Noam Shpancer, Ph.D - Psychology Today
A gender-segregated caregiving profession is not optimal for children.

Most U.S. children today grow up in a dual ecology, spending significant time in both home and daycare. Child daycare in the U.S. is a messy hodgepodge of arrangements varying in quality, size, and scope as well as in their philosophies, goals, affiliations, and regulatory status. Yet one central unifying characteristic remains: Male caregivers are virtually nonexistent. This is a problem for several reasons.

Editorial: Underrepresented Males in Early Childhood Education

by Andrew Gilles - University of Wisconsin - Stout
My name is Andrew Gilles and I am majoring in Early Childhood Education.  In November of 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend and present at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference in Washington D.C.

A Winner's Story: Leader of Men and Children Award

by Dylan Lubs - Student
During the past fall, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children) annual conference in Washington D.C. Reflecting on this, I learned a lot about myself. I was reassured that my unique personality and view from a male perspective is welcomed in the field.

Editorial: Men Students Experiencing the NAEYC 2018 Conference in Washington DC

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Last month I had the privilege of presenting at the NAEYC conference in Washington D. C. What was even more of an honor and thrill was that I took two of our male students, Dylan and Andrew, to the conference. Together we presented our research about the dispositions men use to engage children in learning.

Editorial: I am a man and I want to work with children.

Stephen McKinney - North Carolina State University
As I enter my final semester of the Elementary Education MAT program at NC State University, I have found myself reflecting upon my experience and seeking to understand my journey as a man entering the field of EE.  I think back to the beginning – to when I was first deciding if teaching was right for me – to when I read this article that ultimately pushed me to go for it.  

Men Teaching: In the Face of Adversity

by Lucas Eide - University of Wisconsin - Stout
After finishing up my student teaching placement and having time to reflect on all the challenges, accomplishments, peaks and valleys, I realized never to judge something before you get the chance to experience it. When I found out that I would be doing one of my student teaching placements in a four-year-old kindergarten classroom, I immediately had mixed emotions.

Editorial: Who Do Others Say You Are?

by Hunter Black - University of Stout
Who are you to others? This question has often crossed my mind when I think about how I fit into this world.

Editorial: Honoring All Who Make a Difference

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Summertime brings celebrations; many which pay tribute and honor to those who have gone before us. At the end of May, we celebrated Memorial Day; a day dedicated to the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. On July 4th we commemorated our freedom and on Labor Day we will honor working people. Each of us pay tribute in our own way through our celebrations of these holidays.

Editorial - I survived - my first year of teaching

by Jay Raygor - Graduate of UW-Stout
Much like the chaos of a zombie apocalypse, a new teacher's first year in the classroom can be stressful and overwhelming. There are swarms of elementary students asking to go to the bathroom, help with homework, and continuous requests to borrow a pencil. Luckily, I survived.

Helping a young children deal with fear of men teachers

by George Yamamoto
I have always loved playing with young children, especially infants and toddlers. However, when I was younger I never envisioned myself as a teacher. Many years ago, my good friends unexpectedly had colicky twins and they really needed help. That changed my life. That experience unintentionally lead me into teaching. Now it is one of my biggest passions. It is a huge part of my family life.

Editorial - The Power of the Profession

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
The frequent reports of gun shootings in communities and especially in schools, leave us in disbelief. The media’s portrayal of the scenes impacts our perceptions and attitudes about teaching. As a professor of early childhood education, this horrific news makes it challenging to teach an Introduction to Early Childhood course that is intended to welcome and convince students about the joys that come with teaching.

Editorial - One Woman in a Sea of Men

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Twenty-five years ago, while attending the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference for the first time, I became interested in the male perspective of teaching young children. It was during this conference that I found myself drawn to presentation topics given by men in early childhood education. While the issues presented about young children were parallel to those that women presented, there was something unique about the demonstration style and the message carried by the male speakers.

Editorial - Thursday’s Table: A Heartfelt Opportunity

by Caleb Schulz - UW - Stout
My name is Caleb Schulz and I am currently an Early Childhood Education Major at UW-Stout. I chose this major to potentially make a difference in young lives and inspire future generations. I have been involved in the Men in Education group since my freshman year and have grown closer to my classmates doing so. Everything we do as an organization we do together, that is what makes the group of guys so special.

Editorial: Leadership – A Males Perspective

by Dylan Lubs - UW Stout
I come from a family of 5, that includes my parents and a younger brother and sister, each of us 4 to 5 years apart. Growing up, I helped my siblings gain skills and knowledge that I acquired from my own experiences. These included riding a bike, reading a book, training for a sport and aspects of becoming a leader.

Editorial: Men - Adopt a School

Andrew Gille - UW-Stout Men in Education
I am a junior at UW-Stout and I am from Plum City, Wisconsin. Plum City is a small town southwest of Menomonie and has less than 600 residents. I have two siblings; an older brother who is a Physical Education teacher and a sister who is in her senior year at UW-La Crosse.

Editorial: Oh, the Places We Will Go

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Another year has begun and the excitement of students returning to campus has been refreshing and hopeful. There is nothing like a break away from our daily routines to engage in purposeful reflection resulting in a rejuvenated spirit. This renewed attitude makes me wonder about the places we will go!

Editorial: The Unsuspecting Mentor

by Greg Lenn - Teacher at Prescott Public Schools
In my 27 years in the field of education, there is one responsibility for all teachers that has remained somewhat consistent throughout my career. It is the open acknowledgment that, in addition to ensuring that students learn the curricular content for any given grade level, there is also the role of creating a positive relationship with students.

Editorial: Amazing Mentors in Your Building

By Corey Morning - 1st Grade Teacher - Prescott, WI
It began with humor and the connection with every student and colleague. Mr. Greg Lenn is an amazing teacher, father, husband, colleague, friend, and mentor. For over 20 years, Greg has given back to many people in his role as second grade teacher at Malone Elementary School in Prescott, Wisconsin.

Editorial: School's Out for Summer

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
So, it appears that the end of a year is just about as hectic as the beginning with loose ends to tie up before vacation officially begins. As I go through the ritual of preparing for the end of another school year, I continually think about the past year. I assure myself that this reflection is the obligation of a reflective practitioner, however, I question whether dwelling on the things that could have been done better is productive. And certainly, I recognize that the saying "we are our toughest critic" is true!   

Editorial: The Ripple Effect - The Importance of Connections

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Every day, teachers connect with students, their families, administration, and the community at large. We know all too well that a lack of connection will impact the building of relationships and the learning that occurs. The reality of college teaching is that connections with students vacillate and dissipate as students earn their degree and move into the teaching profession.

Dreams Becoming Reality - A Career for A Man

by Dylan Lubs - University of Wisconsin-Stout
Growing up, teaching never jumped out to me. I never noticed it as a career opportunity or the career I would end up pursuing. Instead, I always thought on a bigger scale such as sports broadcasting or becoming a sports journalist. However, through many personal experiences and self-reflection, I eventually saw teaching as an ideal fit.

Professionalism in Education: A Perspective from a Male Student Teacher

by Brandon Belmore - University of Wisconsin - Stout
If you ask every teacher and staff member in an elementary school to give their definition of professionalism, chances are, every definition will be different. Many responses hit on some similarities to the definition, but in all reality the word holds a different meaning for everybody. So, how do you know if you are showing professionalism? What if your definition is totally different than a colleague?
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