Let’s face it. Teaching argumentative writing is hard. Each year I teach it, I always know it’s going to be one of the most energy-taxing units of the year. The art of creating a well-crafted argument is challenging for most students–let’s be real, most people, young or not–and facilitating a whole class of teenagers through
The beginning of the school year is upon us, and with it, all the little management problems from last year that we’d like to improve this year. Today, I’d like to talk about a big one for me. That problem is: when and how should students sharpen their pencils? To a non-teacher, that question seems
This post is an excerpt from my online course, The Ultimate New Teacher Summer Workshop. The typical lesson plan template has a few basic things: learning objective, materials needed, opening, closing, and assessment. Following these templates, it’s no wonder that so many new teachers struggle through executing their first few lessons. The truth is: experienced
Readers, I am excited to introduce to you what I hope to be the first of many more guest posts. A big thanks to the folks at Teach.com for helping make this happen about such an important topic, and for Sheldon Soper for all his work. If you think you might be interested in collaborating with Teacher
So, it’s the end of your writing unit, your students have worked their tails off on their work, and you know they need some way to get their writing in front of eyes other than yours. Writers write for a million reasons, but most don’t write just to be graded. Let’s be real, though:
While most teachers imagine a summer full of planning, prepping, collaborating and decorating to prepare for each brand new group of students, that’s not always the case for hundreds of teachers. It’s January, and that means that that across the country (and the world) there are teachers marching into classrooms for the first time, tasked
Think of your energy and what comes with it (happiness, passion, motivation) like a bank account. One of the greatest threats to the US public education system, I think, is the rate of teacher burnout. Put it into metaphorical terms, it’s the rate of teachers that go energy bankrupt. I’ve been thinking a lot about
Just like you have reasons that you don’t do certain things, reluctant writers have their own reasons for not writing. Personally, I do not sing in front of people. Reason? I had a friend tell me I was terrible when I was very young, and ever since I’ve been terrified of criticism about it.
You’ve probably got 80,130 things swirling around in your head about things you want to do before the school year starts. It’s such an exciting time!! I remember the summer before my first year teaching obsessing over EVERYTHING. What’s up, anxiety. I thought I needed to make my plans incredible and my classroom looking absolutely
I don’t remember gleaning much from going up and giving speeches during school, other than that I hated it. I know it’s the same for my students. Literally the ONLY thing I remember from my 8th grade social studies class was the nausea I felt as I walked up to give a speech one day.