Yes, You Do Have to Help Everyone

Yes, you do have to help everyone. I cannot tell you deeply it irks my soul when teachers give up on kids. Of course, if you asked them, they would insist that they haven't given up. I disagree.  Being willing to help a student who asks for it is not enough. It is not enough [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Classroom Leadership, Educator Professionalism, From the Front Lines, High School, Instructional Strategies|Comments Off on Yes, You Do Have to Help Everyone

The Reality Conundrum: What We Know Works vs. What We are Required To Do

The reality is this: what we know works and what we are required to do as teachers often don't align. The conundrum is how to choose. We want to choose what we know is best for our students 100% of the time. Sadly, our institutional inertia and regulation and testing means that too often isn't possible. [...]

What Will it Take for White Teachers to #TalkAboutTrayvon?

Image from Flckr user @dignidadrebelde I received an e-mail today from Showing Up for Racial Justice reminding me that today is the 5th anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. It is hard to believe five years have passed already. It is sobering to reflect on the growth of the Movement for Black Lives alongside the growing [...]

Using your Mission Statement to Establish Classroom Routines

We all know that the best way to manage the classroom is to create a positive, structured environment. That’s an adorable concept -- but it is downright difficult to figure out what the heck that positive, structured environment ought to constitute. We learn a handful of suggestions in Teacher School; but in practice, these suggestions [...]

The Age Of Entitlement

When I first started teaching years ago I was gifted with classes that had almost 100% parent involvement. If I needed items for activities, parents signed up. If we had classroom parties parents not only volunteered to organize them, but they also showed up to help.  Over the years, this participation slowly declined. Parents were frazzled [...]