Even though we have so much going on those first few weeks of school, it is the best time of the year to instill the values of kindness into your classroom community. Worried it will take too much time? Don’t be! Infusing the values of kindness into your classroom can be done in just a few easy st...
A learning-disabled child may have to put more time and effort into mastering certain tasks, but is still capable of mastery. Excusing the child from frustrating tasks is a sure way of turning disability into inability. ... See MoreSee Less
Sitting here thinking about an English teacher l had in high school who I thought hated my guts. I felt like she was so hard on me in class, and didn’t tolerate an ounce of disrespect. She regularly made me stay after school to go over material I struggled with, and I often left those meetings with twice as much homework as everyone else. She was tough, unrelenting, and my least favorite teacher.
20 years later, I’m convinced she is the reason I love to read and write.
This memory makes me give myself grace for not always being the most loved teacher. For certain kids, I just have to be firmer with and tougher on- give less ground; push them more than they want to be pushed.
This sometimes makes me the bad guy, and I hate that. But when I think about that high school English teacher, and how much today I love to read and write, I’m reminded I’ve sometimes got to be the teacher my students need, not necessarily the one they want.
So students who think I hate them: I hope it doesn't take you 20 years to realize I don't. ... See MoreSee Less