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Posts Tagged ‘how to discipline your class’

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 [...]

Teach4Real Greatest Hits: Let’s Make a Deal: How to Help Fading (and Failing) Students at the End of the Year

Teach4Real Greatest Hits: Let’s Make a Deal: How to Help Fading (and Failing) Students at the End of the Year

For the next month I am going to celebrate one year of blogging with some of my greatest hits. Here is one about helping failing students at the end of the year.Everyone loves the end of the school year, especially the teachers and students. [...]

Navigating the Gauntlet

Navigating the Gauntlet

You’ll have to excuse me. I just broke up a fight between two gang members, by myself, without the help of security, so I’m writing this with some adrenaline. I want to keep that going because it is replacing the rage with which I usually write [...]

Education’s Dirty Little Secret

Education’s Dirty Little Secret

Imagine the following scenario. After two years of working at Bank of America, your boss tells you that it would be almost impossible for him to fire you. From here on out, your salary will crawl along a painfully slow path that never reaches [...]

Notes From the First Two Days

Notes From the First Two Days

I’m teaching all 9th graders. Before balancing, my classes are at 42 students. Classes won’t be balanced for two weeks. Let me say that again, I have 42 9th graders in a small classroom. It’s cool though, they wrote poetry today-EVERY SINGLE [...]

Should I Be Allowed to Beat My Students With an Enormous Wooden Paddle?

Should I Be Allowed to Beat My Students With an Enormous Wooden Paddle?

I just read an article "To Paddle or Not to Paddle Students" on CNN. This is crazy, and yes, this article was just written today, in the year 2010.Over 200,000 kids were BEAT last year in the United States of America because they misbehaved in [...]

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Here’s a fun fact many people don’t realize: In California, if you are a Latino male anywhere from age 12 – 35, you can’t wear a shirt that is red. Actually, you can’t really wear a blue shirt either. To tell you the exact truth, wearing a [...]

Ending the Year on a Real Note

Ending the Year on a Real Note

With all the pink slips going out this year, I can’t help but being reminded of a story my mentor told me about when she first began her teaching career. She received her first pink slip in the mail from our district “Postage Due.” That’s [...]

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 [...]

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