After nearly two years of "time off", I was hesitant to step back into the classroom for fear that the stresses I felt before would creep back in. I started slowly, careful not to bring work home. I spent 8 hours at work and when I left at the end of the day, my work … Continue reading Now teacher burnout makes sense to me
Let me start by pointing out that, while this post talks about math specifically, the ideas within can certainly be applied to other subject areas. One morning, I was having a chat with one of the middle school math teachers, who was very much an out-of-the-box thinker like myself. He had this pathway posted on … Continue reading Rethinking math education
We had just read the book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Day by Judith Viorst. The kids loved it, and I think most of them got the main message: we all have bad days, all around the world. We talked a little about what caused Alexander to have a terrible day and … Continue reading The Zombie Grinch: our new points system
The Idea One day, I had this great idea that students shouldn't be confined to one specific desk. With groupings always changing and the need for flexible learning spaces, I figured Why not just keep all desk spaces as common spaces, and use them for your current needs? I was really excited when I first got the … Continue reading Rethinking seating: The un-seating arrangement
There’s a video on YouTube that "answers" this question (What does the fox say?) in a song… a very silly song. Watch this, then come back. What did ya think? A little weird, right? I could not stop laughing – almost uncontrollably – the last time I watched that video. It all started when a … Continue reading What Does the Fox Say?
Before the first day of school, many teachers spend hours upon hours setting up their classrooms to look colorful, neat, and all that good stuff. Laminating, stapling, name tags, posters, welcome signs, moving furniture, and so on and so on. Many teachers spend hours planning routines, planning the first week's activities, and so on. But … Continue reading Starting the Year… Together!