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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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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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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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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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Practicing What I Preach

I’m rather at a loss as to how to handle my summer. While all of my non-educator friends glow green with envy, “Oh, it must be so nice to have summers off!” I, miles from my classroom, in my student-less … Continue reading

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