The Middle School Mind: How To Find Out What They’re Thinking

Summer is finally over. Parents are secretly smiling as they shoo their kids out the door, snap a few first day of school photos and sigh. Yes, some of them might shed a few tears over the passage of time and the impending high school graduation - even if it's still five years away. And some [...]

Easing Those First Day Jitters

It is so important to make our students feel comfortable upon the first day of school. We need to remember the backgrounds that our students come from. And we can’t assume that just because we have kids in the middle class that they are coming from homes that have everything together. We also need to [...]

Can Teachers Really Be Excellent At Everything?

Imagine this: You're a beginning teacher, fresh out of college. You've done a few weeks (maybe a semester) of teaching on your own. You're thrilled to be hired to teach in your own classroom. You can disregard the low starting pay and the multiple subjects you need to prepare to teach every day. This is [...]

Top 5 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before School Starts

Have the teacher dreams started? Does your heart pound when you see the school supply section at Target? While you’re relaxing on the beach, have you defaulted to lesson planning over novels? To help calm your nerves, I’ve compiled notes about five top things every teacher should do before school starts - and guarantee you’ll [...]

My Journal From Working in a Rural School- Entry One

Mr. McConnell’s Rural Schools Journal Entry 1 (7/7/2016) What it looks like, lives like, what I’ve seen In a rural area, the suppression and exclusion of the hardest working and neediest among us can readily be seen in almost any school that serves struggling populations. It probably looks different and it comes at you different, [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|Ask a Teacher, From the Front Lines|0 Comments