Wisdom Begins with Wonder

Entries from November 2010 ↓

Make time for… conversation

Who does the speaking in your classroom? When students speak, to whom are they speaking? When students are talking to each other, what are they talking about? These are absolutely critical questions. The answers to these questions speak volumes about the level of student engagement in a class. Who does the speaking in your classroom? […]

Make time for… curiosity

This posts is the second in a series about making time in your classroom, even when you don’t feel like you have any! Here is the first: Make time for… relationships What’ll happen if I put my head in here? Sure it may have killed a mythical cat. But is that old saw really any […]

an unwanted side dish…

Thanksgiving used to be a pure holiday for me. No gifts exchanged; no commercialism. Just 100% of the focus on food and family (and football, naturally). Now it comes with an unwanted side dish – guilt. Sure, I’m going to enjoy it and be supremely thankful for the ridiculous mountain of blessings that I’ve received. […]

Make time for… relationships

This is the first in a series of posts about things to make time for in your classroom, even when you don’t feel like you have time! Over-stuffed curriculum. Testing schedules. Pacing calendars. Bells. 55 minute periods. Early release. Assembly schedules. All of these things can leave teachers feeling harried.  I constantly feel like there […]

What I want from my union

I have the utmost respect for unions. I don’t blame teacher’s unions for problems in education. That being said, I do believe there are problems. Obviously, there are funding problems. I’ve seen those first hand. I work on the front lines of education, a rural school on an Indian reservation in an area of extreme […]

My Edublog Award Nominations

There are so many great bloggers out there. In fact, I follow many more than I am able to actually read. That being said, I wanted to recognize a few of my favorites by nominating them for the Edublog Awards. Without further ado, my Nominations for The 2010 Edublog Awards: Best individual blog: Science Teacher – […]

10 teacher sayings I hate

10. “He’s lazy” 9. “She’s loud” 8. “I’m giving a really big test and they’re not ready for it – that’ll teach ‘em to listen!” 7. “I gave him extra credit for _________” (cleaning, running errands, busywork, etc.) 6. “These kids just don’t want to learn” 5. “I found a great website with all kinds […]