Tag Archives: First Year teachers

Right-Wing Nutjobs, Liberal Wieners and Kids Know Best

Against my better judgement, I recently waded into a Facebook debate on education. Three seconds and twenty obnoxious Facebook notification dings later, I came to my senses, quickly clicked “stop notifications,” then ran directly to the kitchen where I did … Continue reading

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Notecard Check-ins (the short and simple version)

Who: Every kid you teach What:  Brief, simple check-ins on paper in order to get kids’ direct and honest feedback on anything. When:  Whenever the hell you feel like it.  But ideally, at least once per quarter. Where: On a … Continue reading

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Owning Your Show

Let’s begin with some simple math across the curriculum: Nationwide, the average classroom consists of one teacher and twenty-five students. I pulled that little doohicky of a fact from the U.S. Department of Education.  Personally, I think the Dept of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to New Teachers

Dear First Year Teachers, You’re about to walk through the double-doors of your first school into your first classroom with your first group of students and take your place, front and center, in of one of the biggest shitstorms of … Continue reading

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