I can remember a conversation with a parent about a student losing points for not following directions. Her argument was that he worked really hard. My stance was that none of that mattered if he could not follow the directions. Fast forward 4 years and I stumble across an article about the New Jersey Institute … Continue reading Reason #1,145 Why Teachers Need to Require Students to Follow Directions
It Ain't Over Til It's Over As we watch the playoffs in my house, I am always impressed with the effort the losing team gives all the way up until the last second. Even if they are down by 10 points, it appears that they are hopeful, and so they persevere. Time-outs are called, they … Continue reading It’s The End Of The Year, Now What?
A class clown can completely ruin your class, if you allow it. I have had my fair share of class clowns, but I always tried to take into consideration just how much I love comedy. The Scene As I finished modeling my introduction paragraph on the board, I turned around to see Jake standing on a desk. … Continue reading The Class Clown
STATE TESTING - The real 4-letter word in education. The two words sure to make many, if not most, educators cringe. The pressure to achieve proficiency weighs heavily on students and teachers. For those of you already testing, "May the odds be ever in your favor." For those of you still burning the midnight oil … Continue reading State Testing Countdown
Scrolling through Twitter and I see this: I stared at the screen for a moment before I re-tweeted it. At first, I didn't know why this was so intriguing to me, but then it dawned on me. As educators, we tell students, "there are no stupid questions," whether we believe it or not. Some teachers even … Continue reading Stupid Questions
Today’s teachers are facing an uphill battle. With students coming in less and less prepared, climbing expectations of teachers have reached, what can feel like, an impossible level. Limited resources and ineffective professional development only further compound teacher frustration, resulting in rapid burn-out and high teacher turnover. As a former 10th grade ELA teacher, I … Continue reading Welcome to The Master Classroom!