- Using your Mission Statement to Establish Classroom Routines - February 27, 2017
- Why you need a Classroom Mission Statement - February 21, 2017
- Not My Secretary of Ed (Why the butt that Occupies the Federal Seat Matters to my Classroom) - January 27, 2017
- CA politician discusses willful defiance, educational priorities - October 7, 2014
- Teacher-Saving Web Tools, Part I: Differentiate reading news with Newsela and Readability - October 2, 2014
- CA Bill Addresses Suspensions and Expulsions - September 11, 2014
- Teaching Ferguson: Resources for High School - September 3, 2014
- Meet the Parents: A Young Teacher’s Back to School Night - August 28, 2014
- Minimize Homework to Maximize Your Classroom - August 22, 2014
- The State of Education: Funding Control Changes in California - February 26, 2014
See other teachers in action. I recently asked my school if I could be covered for a day so I can observe at a sister site. It was so refreshing and eye-opening to see other teachers, for a few reasons: they use different routines and structures in their classrooms, they enact a different teaching style, and (most importantly) they aren’t perfect. Now, I’ve really been needing this last point, as classroom-isolated-Me has veered on self-criticism over anything less than perfect. Observing veteran teachers not only shows me other ways to do things, but it also confirms that we’re all human – and that sometimes the best teacher is the one who can laugh at him or herself, and be willing to take risks and be vulnerable.
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