Monthly Archives: July 2008

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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Is summer school harder than regular school?

Is summer school harder than regular school? I remember thinking, when summer school at the institute was going badly, I’d think “The problem is that this is just summer school, and the kids know that. When I get my own … Continue reading

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How to say ‘No’ without feeling guilty

How to say ‘No’ without feeling guilty. Students gauge a teacher’s competence by how that teacher exhibits confidence and decisiveness. To measure this, all a student has to do is ask a simple question. “Can I get a drink of … Continue reading

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