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?

Editorial: A New Twist to Resolutions

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Happy New Year! Time is flying by, apparent as the calendar turns to February. Hopefully, you are on target and feeling success in maintaining any New Year resolutions you set.

MenTeach has had millions of hits

MenTeach: A few readers have asked how much web traffic does our site have. MenTeach.org has been around since April 2002. We've had one revision of our site back starting February 2007. You'll see below that we've had over 2.4 millions hits in the last two years. The software that tracks our site traffic screens out the spambots (as best it can).

The key is that the site continues to grow in popularity.

Year    Unique      Visits     Pages        Hits          MBytes

Editorial: The List Maker

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Every year around the Christmas holiday when I hear the words to this famous carol, "making a list, checking it twice" I smile to myself. You see, I consider myself the queen of lists because I carefully create and re-create lists daily. Are you a list maker? Did you know that there are many reasons why people create lists?

Students Of Color Increasing And Teachers Of Color Not - Here’s Why And What We Can Do About It

by Doris A. Smith-Ribner - Pittsburg Courier
Promoting diversity to increase the number of Black male teachers, and Hispanic male teachers, in public schools is vital to improving the educational outcomes for boys and young men of color to put them on a path to success.

Editorial: With Gratitude for the Gifts

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, showing appreciation for, and returning kindness. Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, it is impossible to negate the meaning of the holiday especially from the perspective of an educator.

Sometimes, in the day-to-day happenings of being a teacher it is easy to become overwhelmed when negative aspects of teaching come into focus. At those times I attempt to shift my thinking from the undesirable characteristics to the multitude of gifts that come from being a part of the teaching profession.

Editorial: My father was a teacher

by Nicholas Hall - Stanley Boyd Area Schools Elementary Principal
For a little over a decade, my life has been dedicated to the growth and success of students of all ages - university students, high/middle school students, and for the last eight years, elementary students.

Editorial: The Table of Knowledge (T.O.K.)

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Happy New Year!  While I realize this is a phrase we use in January, not September, the start of a new school year does resemble the beginning of a new year in many ways. Teachers spent time in the summer exploring new subject matter they will teach. They may also have re-designed teaching strategies and practices to improve their personal and professional relationships with students and colleagues.

Should a daycare notify parents about male caregivers?

by Joey Lombardi - babycenter blog
Society is a fluid and changing thing. Caring for a child is also fluid. The way people behaved even a few years ago draws very different reactions today. In this torrent of changing opinions is the perception of men as caregivers.

There are more expectations and opportunities for men to be involved in children's lives. But what happens when a male caretaker is not a father, not a relative, but a daycare worker?

Why recruiting more men of color isn’t enough to solve our teacher diversity problem

By Beau Lancaster - Chalkbeat
A few months ago, I helped teach a lesson about gender assumptions in the workforce. My students brainstormed a whole list of male-associated jobs: construction worker, bus driver, engineer. Not one suggested teacher.

It didn’t matter if the classroom was predominantly female, male, freshmen, upperclassmen. The answer always implied the same: I, a black man, wasn’t supposed to be in the classroom.

Change: From acceptance to serenity

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Change…it is inevitable and constant. In fact, "There is nothing permanent except change" (Heraclitus).  Sometimes changes are welcome and yet at other times, change leaves me struggling with acceptance.

Pride and Passion - Men Teachers Graduating

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her education program. She continues to have success at helping the young men graduate. You can find the other articles here.]

Why let the facts get in the way of a good story? Women will always be blamed for boys' underachievement

by Ann Mroz - TES
Teachers, as we know all too well, are to blame for everything.

Society piles up all its ills at their door -- and then buggers off on a cheap holiday in term time. And female teachers, it seems, are the devil’s work.

A Letter To My Most Influential Teacher

by Chris J - Dr. Jays.com
Graduation season is underway across the United States. Tears are shed, tassels are switched, and caps are thrown. Having graduated college myself a few days ago, I was prompted to reflect upon some of the most important people in my life – teachers. In particular, I chose to write a letter to one Mr. Cedric Magee, my sixth grade teacher, friend and role model.

Editorial: No Boyz Allowed

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her education program. We asked her to write about her experiences as a woman facilitator. You can find the other articles here.]

My Favorite Teacher - Mr. T.

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her education program. We asked her to write about her experiences as a woman facilitator. You can find the other articles here.]

In Praise of the Dude Teaching at My Son's Preschool

by Nathan Hegedus - Huffington Post
I turned to close the preschool gate the other day and looked back to see what my three-year-old son was up to.

And this is what I saw: His teacher in a laughing jog, leading a pack of toddlers in a full sprint. A few weeks ago I saw this teacher sliding on the ice (safely) with the kids. And somewhere in there, I came to pick up my son to find the same teacher lost in a mountain of pillows, laughing kids all around piling on.

Good teacher, huh? Oh, yeah, one other thing. The teacher's name is Sven (not really, but he is a guy).

China’s New Five-Year Plan: Be a Man

by Stefan Beck - The Daily Beast
Two days before the temperature in my town dropped to -9°F, my dad asked me, as he tends to do at the coldest point in the winter, to join him on a backcountry ski trip to Mount Moosilauke. Moosilauke is in Benton, New Hampshire. It may not be hyperborean by the standards of Alert, Nunavut, but for context it is nearly an hour north of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Men give back to the community - UW Stout M.E.N.

by Dylan Edwards - UW Stout
Being a part of our M.E.N group on campus provides the opportunity to give back better both the community and ourselves. A year ago, we organized a day with the local Boys and Girls Club to provide the students with a change of pace and some new activities. As a group we thought of some fun activities and games ranging anywhere from bean bag toss, to hula hooping, to football.

Update for Malaysian

by Hajjah Mahanom Basri - Maylaysia
The year 2015 had brought us beautiful and meaningful memories in our Early Chilhood industry in Malaysia.

A fundraiser: Stories - Men in Early Childhood

by Soren Gall - Colorado MECE
Men in Early Childhood-Colorado is partnering with Cora Communications on a digital storytelling project to share the stories of men working in ECE. The project will involve hearing stories from men with various roles inside the ECE field. Examples of jobs included in the project will be from teaching staff, administrative staff, coaching positions, family support roles, technology, and government positions. The project’s goal is to allow the ECE community to hear directly from these males.

A Male Teacher's Story - "My Road Less Traveled"

by Todd Hayden - Wisconsin
"The students are so lucky to have you" is something I heard over and over when I was teaching elementary school. While I believe this is true, I also felt lucky to have had the students. I know that I learned every bit as much from my students as they did from me.
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