Social media is an ingrained part of most of our lives. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, it’s hard to keep up. Adding to the challenge, as a middle school teacher I have to balance the effectiveness of social media for students, colleagues and parents. Each group has their preferred social media outlets. Last year I started […]Read More My first attempt at Facebook for the classroom
At church today there was a marriage therapist speaking about relationships and one of the analogies she made really stuck with me. She described our emotions like a smoke detector. A smoke detector blares it’s alarm full blast if it detects smoke. It doesn’t matter if your house is on fire or you burned your […]Read More How’s your smoke detector?
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Other days everything fits together like a puzzle. Last Thursday I had one of those days where everything went better than planned. The lesson was a review of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We’ve gone over it several times in class, but the kids were still having trouble […]Read More Noun, Verb, and Adjective Review
Teaching is messy. Just when you think you have things figured out you get a curveball, whether it’s a new student, a new initiative or a full moon. Sometimes as a blogger it’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfectly written: correct grammar, inspiring message, etc. But that’s not real life. […]Read More My New Year’s Resolution
Several months ago my wife and I needed a new car. We did the research and looked at a wide range of cars. We eventually found a car that we hadn’t seen on the road before. It was a Ford Fusion. We love everything about the car and found a dealership that was nearby with […]Read More Perception is a tricky thing
Tomorrow I will begin my ninth year of teaching. This is my 9th year of preservice trainings. My 9th year of new initiatives and new ideas for transforming our classrooms. My 9th year of detailed explanations about why my assessment data should be better. It’s easy to drown in all the minutia of school, the […]Read More Kicking off a new school year…
Through podcasts, web pages, mailed invitations, a ‘Meat ‘n’ Greet,’ and a final email blast, you can build up your incoming students’ back-to-school excitement. Source: 5 Tips to Kick Start the School YearRead More 5 Tips to Kick Start the School Year