Being and Becoming

Last night, we had our final Methods class. I thought Mariah was kidding when she said one of her Methods classmates had been tapped to bring tissues to our last class. But nope. Kali brought a lovely holiday-themed box that she whipped out just in time to stem the teary tide. Nikki is outraged that I’m taking her photo while…

What If I’m Not a Good Teacher?

Today, I’m tackling another question posed by one of my Methods students: What if I am not a good teacher? What if I fail? Yes, I know, these are technically two questions, but they are related so they count as one. (My blog. My rules.) These are serious questions I have about my future as…

Teach Like a Pirate: Some Thoughts

Here’s why I wanted to like Teach Like a Pirate: There is so much enthusiasm for this book among my PLN, and I do love to see teachers enthusiastic about their work and looking for new ways to engage students and create excitement about learning. Burgess loves his work, and he’s incredibly enthusiastic about his…

Teaching and Time Management

Lindsey wonders about using her time wisely in the classroom: Mystifying Question #1: How does one learn the art of time management? I’m really bad at estimating how much time different activities/lessons will take. How can I conquer this important skill? What are some tips and tricks for making the most out of the limited amount…

That Little Wandering Lost Good Feeling

This week in Methods class, I’m going to read aloud one of my favorite picture books, Russell Hoban’s The Little Brute Family. The Brutes are a horrible family–crabby and cranky, they fight over everything and they are never content with what they have.  They live in misery, until one day when Baby Brute finds “a…

The Answer to Every Question

I had two experiences this week that made me think I don’t really need to teach Methods anymore, because my students have got it. First, Nikki and Reba came to my office and told me about their visit to a school full of Thugging Hards. They saw the tough exteriors that are designed to keep…