Question of the Day: “Are we all teachers?”

I have always wanted to be a teacher. When I was young, I propped up my stuffed animals and created imperfect spelling tests. I enjoyed grading them with my red marker. Stickers were placed on the outstanding ones. The methodical grading felt peaceful. A good teacher must believe in the ideas he teaches, but he…

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Teaching 101: A true story from the pandemic

Thirteen students in front of me. Ten student icons blinking back. I am teaching a lesson on identifying signposts in fiction. An important skill as one reads for comprehension with the hope of developing critical thinking skills. Since the class is so packed, it is actually pretty easy to find students to participate and answer…

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Teaching 101: A throwback story from before the pandemic…

Thoughts from the past: I used to think that it is much harder for female teachers to get respect than male teachers, but this is not necessarily true.  All teachers, regardless of gender, need certain qualities to be successful and gain respect. It is possible to screw this up as a man or woman. In…

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Teaching 101: A lesson during a pandemic

In today’s lesson, you need to imagine you are in front of 13 teens. You have three computer screens. Each separate screen has its own function. One is connected to the whiteboard. One has the tabs for the students at home. One has assignments and notes. It is easier to toggle between three screens than…

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Question of the Day: “Why does teaching feel like drowning?”

Everyday feels the same with the constant potential to be vastly different. Hybrid, virtual, sudden lockdown, sudden dismissal due to bomb threat or fast moving snow storm. COVID sick, COVID cancelled…yes, the one in my fourth desk, third row, no, I’m not sure if it was more than 15 minutes. He couldn’t find the screen…

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Question of the Day: “What do YOU do when you lead a horse to water and he won’t drink?”

We have all either heard or used this old proverb at some point. Its origin (according to http://www.knowyourphrase.com) is as early as 1175. It appeared in a book called Old English Homilies. Regardless of its origin story, it means that you can set up the circumstances for someone to do something that is beneficial for…

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