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Posts Tagged ‘Discipline’

The Lost Art of the Handshake

The Lost Art of the Handshake

For many years now I have been conducting a social experiment in the doorway of my classroom. The subjects of my experiment have been all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some limp, others drool, many of them have trouble writing down the correct day of [...]

Let’s Make a Deal: How to Help Fading (and Failing) Students at the End of the Year

Let’s Make a Deal: How to Help Fading (and Failing) Students at the End of the Year

Everyone loves the end of the school year, especially the teachers and students. The parents, maybe not so much.The reason I like the end of the year so much is because it is such a clean break. At no point during the regular school year do I [...]

Giving Homework in Good Conscience

Giving Homework in Good Conscience

Two years ago I taught a “Strategic” 10th grade English class. “Strategic” is the No Child Left Behind term for students far below basic. Before that it was called “Sheltered.” A hundred different schools have a hundred different names [...]

The Myth of the After School Conversation

The Myth of the After School Conversation

Six Tips on How to Have the Talk I love it. I love it love it love it when I hear people give their two cents about how we should handle our worst students in our worst public schools.Whether it is idle chat I overhear at Starbucks, or on a [...]

Having a Little Ghetto in You

Having a Little Ghetto in You

Honing the Proper Persona for Public School New teachers often express the same sentiments over and over when they take their first public school teaching job:I can’t believe these kids! They don’t care about anything!They are amazed at [...]