Monthly Archives: June 2008

The school year is a marathon, not a sprint

I’ve been around a lot of TFA institutes, starting with my own in 1991. Now that I’m a veteran teacher, I wonder if the institute culture gets CMs ready for the reality of lesson planning. I remember a lot of … Continue reading

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The awful (and sometimes funny) truth about the first year

From 1995 to 2003, I used to present a workshop at the TFA institutes about classroom management and the realities of the first year of teaching. The ideas were considered useful enough to be published as a book in 1999 … Continue reading

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The problem with ‘investing’

The problem with ‘investing.’ This is a buzzword I’ve been hearing a lot from new TFA CMs. ‘Investing,’ they’ve learned, is a very important thing to establish in your class right away. If the students are invested, they will be … Continue reading

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