“The longer of I have taught, the more I have tried to use that model. Admittedly, I let that slip a little lately and noticed that my students started to work their way further and further away from the front of the room and move toward what I like to call the “Corner of Apathy.” So, I put up the caution tape and attached the note you see in the picture.”Read more "The Black Hole of Learning"
We are now role modeling for young men (and old) that you can speak at a female voice in any manner whatsoever and she will immediately respond to your request regardless of how speak to her! NOT OK… We have plenty of young men who already have enough poor role modeling of how to treat women in their lives, we don’t need an AI to help with that cause.Read more "“Alexa… please stop allowing bad role modeling and stereotyping women!”"
Of course, the crisis we deal with at schools and camps may not be as life or death as a hurricane, however, whatever it may be, preparing yourself for the face of adversity can make a difference for the way you respond in front of kids. Here are some big takeaways I have gotten from watching these true calm, cool and collected role models.Read more "Catastrophe: 5 Ways to role model being the eye of the storm for others"
When I recently asked my wife if I talk too much or if I’m becoming “that person” (you know that person, AKA: The human rain delay) she said “Yeah, sometimes.” (that’s why I love her, really) So what I’m about to write and try to do is going to be a struggle.Read more "One simple goal for the 2017-2018 School year: Avoid being a human rain delay!"
He literally said “I will NOT talk to THOSE people!” My response was one of dismay and I said something like “What the heck (um, not heck) man?! I AM one of the THOSE people and what do you mean?” He then proceeded to GO OFF about us (teachers) as audience members…Read more "“I will NOT talk to THOSE people.” AKA: The world’s WORST audience members of all time!"
No, it doesn’t fit into your state curriculum. It’s not in the “Standards” or the “Frameworks”, however if you are in any way trying to make great connections with students (what teacher worth their salt isn’t?), I think it is a MUST in your year.Read more "Your MOST important :20 minutes of teaching that no one talks about"
This past week I had the opportunity to present four education sessions at the MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association) summer conference at UMASS in Amherst, MA. When I present at conferences I try to stick to themes and ideas and create ‘what can teachers/administrators use immediately’ types of sessions. I know as an educator, those types of sessions, articles and […]Read more "I’m sick of theory too!"