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If your reward system is strong, clear, and active, you won't have to put quite as much time and energy into your consequence system.
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How do you appreciate individuals, or table groups, or the whole class when students do what you ask them to do?
You've heard this before, and...Read More.
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"They come into my room shouting, wandering around, and talking to one another. During class, they put on makeup, text message one another, and talk...Read More.
"I feel like I'm playing Whac-A-Mole every day," said the beginning teacher as she wiped the sweat from her brow.
I nodded and had flashbacks of my own first months teaching middle school. The class is settled, focused, and calm for two seconds, and then pop! On the other side of the...Read More.
There is a strong case to be made for integrating curriculum. It strengthens skills that students encounter in one content area but also practice in another, and it can lead to the mastery of those skills. It is also a more authentic way of learning because it reflects what we experience, both...Read More.
There is the possibility of profound transformation in telling our stories and listening to the stories of other people. This belief is at the core of why I read and write, and why I'm passionate about developing a love for reading and writing in students.Read More.
In my previous post, I discussed how important it is for me to connect with my students, and how one way I do so is by eliciting their stories.
I also need to make connections with other teachers. So I ask, why do you teach...Read More.
For the first few years that I taught, my stomach hurt constantly in the weeks before school started. The anxiety was a mixture of dread and excitement and anticipation. Every year, I mourned the end of summer, but I'd also get revved up, ready to start and get my hands messy with learning.Read More.