Classroom Management 101: Respect

How is it that we expect to command respect from a group of strangers who have never met us, know nothing about us, and very often want nothing to do with us or our content? And yet, teachers everywhere walk into classrooms on that first day, read out a syllabus and a list of rules,Continue reading “Classroom Management 101: Respect”

Classroom Management 101: Being Human

Yesterday as I was wrapping up a class on content literacy writing strategies, one of my credential students raised his hand. I was in a great mood, having waxed eloquent on ways to build writing into the curriculum and had them all practice implementing the strategies in their content area groups. It had been aContinue reading “Classroom Management 101: Being Human”

Student Engagement: Why Are We Learning This?

I’ve had some questions both here on the blog and in my classroom about the challenge of getting and keeping students engaged. ┬áRigid discipline and strong armed guidance have been mentioned as a possible necessity, given middle schoolers who may be behind in reading and writing skills. While this seems like an inevitability to manyContinue reading “Student Engagement: Why Are We Learning This?”