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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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Don’t Touch the Bathroom Pass (and Other Life Advice From a Teacher)

Don’t Touch The Bathroom Pass (and other life advice from a teacher) A few years in the classroom, a few interactions with teenagers and life has taught me a few valuable lessons in the way only a career in public … Continue reading

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Deadbeat Dads and Magic Pink Sweaters

The thing with working at a small school is that it doesn’t have an in-school suspension room. We don’t even have detention.  Kids are just referred to the office and dealt with by the principals on an as-needed basis.  Which, … Continue reading

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Analogies for Class Feedback

What your students think about your class matters. Those of you who have already been in the classroom for a month ought to be well on your way to developing a feel for your kids, a feel for how things … Continue reading

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21 Things to Do With an Index Card

Have the kids draw a mini-mural in three minutes or less that represents the day’s lesson, then explain it to a classmate. Do a three question Get-To-Know-You at the beginning of the year:  a)How are you feeling about taking this … 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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