Today I almost choked a lady in front of me in the grocery store! She was talking to the cashier about “Teachers being so lucky and OVERPAID because they have 4 whole months off in the Summer?!?!?!” I wanted to show her my paycheck, our school district calendar (we are ONLY off 6 weeks in […]
Friday, February 27, 2015 5pm It is 5:00pm on the Friday before high stakes testing begins at my high priority, low performing school. Like the rest of my co teachers, I grabbed my things and ran from the stress as soon as I could see the tail lights of the last bus leave the parking […]
My thoughts on Arne & Eric’s meeting in Virginia today.
Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. Motivation. How do you motivate your students every day? Daniel Pink says that people must have authority, autonomy, and purpose for optimum motivation. Carol Dweck’s studies state students must have a growth mindset, rather than fixed.
Because I began my career as a special education teacher working with students who had very extreme emotional and behavior disabilities, I get a lot of knocks on my classroom door from fellow teachers, who have bloodshot eyes, clenched fists, and are in the midst of heart palpitations. They come seeking advice about a particular […]