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
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
A few years ago I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at the CMS high school Career Day… Read more What I Learned from my Dad, John, and Beatle John Lennon
The fundamental practices of classroom instruction are like the lines of code in an app: remove only a few and… Read more Hacking Your Classroom
This is a big pet peeve of mine. So, forgive me if I come off a bit crazy! Having said… Read more Be Serious about Dress Down Days