Is Humiliation Part of Your Teaching Toolbox?
When you humiliate someone, their focus moves away from the subject at hand. Instead of thinking about their own behavior, that student is now focused on how much they can’t stand you.
What the Mother of a Child with Autism Wants Teachers to Know
At first, my friend Leigh didn’t want me to air this episode. “I’m so sorry to have wasted your time,” she said, “but my husband and I just listened to it and we realized that if our daughter ever heard it, she would die of embarrassment.”
13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing
There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. These gorgeous online and print periodicals showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five.
Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics
Whether you’re new to rubrics, or you’ve used them for years without knowing their formal names, it may be time for a primer on rubric terminology.
Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?
“Last week, my son brought home a stack of papers from his first-grade class. Some of them had obvious spelling errors, but no one had marked them wrong. What’s the deal? Why don’t teachers seem to care about spelling anymore?”
Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 2
Earlier this month, we looked at a simple way to use a notebook to settle an out-of-control classroom…or an out-of-control teacher. Now here’s part 2, where the notebook is elevated to a more systematic, proactive tool for recording student behavior.
The Fisheye Syndrome: Is Every Student Really Participating?
To those afflicted with Fisheye, some students appear “larger” than others, grabbing more of our attention and making the others fade into the periphery.
Book Review: How to Talk So Kids Can Learn
If I could only choose one book to put into the hands of teachers, it would be this one. With specific instructions and clear examples, the authors walk us through the small, important changes we can make in the way we talk to students of all ages.