One of the first classrooms I taught in was handed down to me by a retiring teacher almost a decade ago. She said something on her way out that has stuck with me over the years. “It’s just a room, what you do inside is what matters”. I’ve always tried my best to keep this simple yet […]Read more "My flexible learning space."
It’ been over a week since I’ve written anything. I took the holidays as a time for some personal reflection on my blogging and where I am in life. Now that the year has begun I’m ready for some great things this year. I was contemplating writing an obligatory New Year’s Resolutions post but honestly […]Read more "Welcome back!"
As educators, we tend to think that our students look at us as always have the answers to their questions. We often go to great lengths to research a unit so that we make sure we have the answers to all sorts of ridiculous and banal question that could possibly come up in class. I started my career […]Read more "Why saying “I don’t know” is the most powerful tool a teacher has."
It is so hard to get out of our classrooms these days. With the amount of grading, planning, meeting, and TEACHING that teachers accomplish on a daily basis it is no wonder that once you enter your classroom at 6:30am, you might only leave it to go to the bathroom around noon. These expectations seem […]Read more "Why you need to visit another classroom"
A few years ago the school I was teaching at started using Google Docs for productivity. It was a district wide change and every teacher AND every student was signed up with a Google Docs account to use. I was thrilled but the reactions of my colleagues were mixed. Some teachers were saying it was […]Read more "Digital Classrooms: Pros and Cons"
There is so much talk about giving students a voice in the classroom these days but very little tangible evidence of what it looks like. What are specific examples of student voice in class? How is it accomplished and made to be part of the routine of a high functioning classroom? It takes a teacher […]Read more "Student Voice in class. What does that look like?"
You know that moment in class when the lesson veers (rarely by design) into some esoteric, off-topic, or inconsequential idea that lasts for more than a half hour. My students used to love these days because they would think that nothing important ever happened and it was usually good for a lot of laughs, some weird […]Read more "Off topic tangents are a good thing for class"
If you are new to teaching, you’ve probably had dozens of veteran teachers tell you that having your daily agenda posted in a highly visible place is essential to having regular success in your class. They’re right, you know. An agenda board is not just for your students to have a reference point for the […]Read more "Agendas in the classroom. Use them."
Most teachers have encountered a class that starts off a bit rambunctious and needs some extra convincing to get down to business. I have seen a whole host of different techniques over the years that have all worked to varying degrees of success. Usually it depends on the teacher in question but often the tactic employed has just […]Read more "How to get a classrooms’ attention."