At one of my first grade level meetings this new school year, a colleague talked about the need for consistency… Read more Excellence Before Consistency
Warning: This is a VERY long post. I apologize for all the detail, but – then again – I won’t… Read more Student Misbehavior: Avoiding Work Because They Can’t Do the Work
A few months back I wrote a post about student stress and how we, the teachers, are causing it. Through high expectations,… Read more Teacher Stress: Sometimes We Cause This Too!
I was talking to my middle school students about their busy lives. Many of my students have a full day… Read more Student Stress – We Cause It and We Need to Fix It
According to the Ministry of Education for the Province of Alberta, Canada, curriculum is the what that students need to… Read more Hidden Curriculum: What Are You Really Teaching?
This summer I wrote and published a children’s book. It is entitled The Yucky Ducky and it is a fun,… Read more Challenge Students with High-Level Vocabulary
I was browsing Reddit.com one day and found this thread entitled What can a person learn/know right now in 10… Read more Quick Life Lessons from Reddit
Every year, our 8th Graders go on a trip to Washington DC to explore the nation’s capital. This year’s trip… Read more Combining Student Council Election and our Annual DC Trip
This year I decided to really challenge myself and my students during our school’s Earth Week activities. I decided to… Read more No Tech Day
Since my first day of teaching, I have always had my students at work at a warm-up task when they… Read more Start Your Classes Strong with a Warm Up Activity