Thoughts about Late Work Policies

(Thanks to The Styling Librarian, I just made my first quote poster using ReciteThis!) This Oscar Wilde quote popped into my head this morning as I was reflecting on part of last night’s discussion in Methods class. There we were talking about how to transform our students’ lives through literacy, how to help them view…

Good Teaching Is Getting Through to People

In her new blog feature called Teaching Tuesday, novelist and professor Cathy Day shared her technique for learning students’ names on the first day of class. I do something similar: I fill out a classroom seating map as my students go around the room on the first day introducing themselves with their names, hometowns, and…

The Fear Board

If you ever want to get a conversation going in a Methods class for pre-service teachers, ask about their teaching fears. And before you know it, you’ll have a white board covered with fears ranging from school shootings to bathroom breaks, from wardrobe malfunctions to meeting standards, from grading papers to getting yelled at by…

First Day

My classroom was downstairs in the corner, but I was too excited about the first day of school to stay in it and wait for my students to come to me. So I stood in the upstairs hallway with Jane, the math teacher, a former nun, watching the kids enter the building. Jane used this…