Monthly Archives: July 2008

A proud day for me

What’s the #1 selling book in the ‘Classroom Managment’ category of Amazon.com? Give up? Well, as of today, I’m proud to say, it’s my ‘Reluctant Disciplinarian.’ You can have the content for free, however, on YouTube. I posted the workshop … Continue reading

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The ‘evolultion’ of the TFA institute

The ‘evolution’ of the TFA institute. You’d expect the 2008 institute, eighteen years after the first institute at USC, to be very different and superior to its 1990 ancestor. As someone who was around since the second institute, and who … Continue reading

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“Are you a new teacher?”

“Are you a new teacher?” Some kid is definitely going to ask you so what are you going to say? What most new TFA teachers incorrectly think is the best way to answer this is to exaggerate the seventeen days … Continue reading

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How can you instantly assess your whole class?

How can you instantly assess your whole class? As you teach, you want to continually assess if your students are getting it. You don’t want to wait until you are grading the test to realize that half the class was … Continue reading

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Common teacher mistake #2

Common teacher mistake #2. Teaching effectively is mostly a process of elimination. Don’t make the most common teacher mistakes, and everything else you do will be OK. Unfortunately we’re programmed to make these mistakes. The only way to avoid them … Continue reading

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Common teacher mistake #1

Common teacher mistake #1 Teachers, especially new ones, are prone to making many mistakes. Some mistakes are made unintentionally, but the worst, and most avoidable mistakes, are ones that are made while actively trying to follow some advice from new-teacher … Continue reading

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Why you should never post your consequences

Why you should never post your consequences. Do you remember any of your teachers ever posting their consequences? No. Why? Is it because they were lazy non-TFA ‘traditionally certified’ teachers? No. It is because posting consequences is a very bad … Continue reading

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