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Stupid Teacher Tricks, Video Edition

Dan throws down the gauntlet. I’ll finally have to resort to video. Please excuse my novice efforts. First – a reprise of the original text. Then, to up the cognitive load, a solution of a 3 step problem. I probably should have done a second take, but screwing up that two is part of being […]

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Stupid Teacher Tricks

When I tutor kids one on one, I’m usually sitting across from them, rather than next to them. Somewhere, about three or four years ago, I got tired of spinning the paper around, and started goofing with my kids, trying to write upside down. They’d have great fun poking me when I got my characters […]

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Auditorium

I don’t usually pimp out websites or games, but I’m a sucker for good puzzles, and this one delivers on the design level, too. Uhm, for some education application? Note the complete lack of need for written instructions.

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Radio Silence

Unlike a lot of other bloggers, my not posting doesn’t mean my life is going horribly. It’s not going great – I’m persistently tired. Having two preps that I’ve never taught before means that I’m putting in long hours just to come up with fundamental, first try, nothing innovative lesson plans. Every once in a […]

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Minor Success

I wanted my kids to excel on the CST. I wanted them to get a new deep understanding from math. I wanted to move them from an attitude of perpetual failure to one of success. For the most part, I didn’t get far. But today, one of my kids from last year came by. He’s […]

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I spent two weeks at the beginning of summer in Germany traveling with my family. As usual, that extended family time was rather stressful, and left me rather out of sorts when I came back home. I had hoped that I’d recover quickly, and be able to spend, as usual, the second half of my […]

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Video

I’m out of touch. I know I’m old, and even when I was young I wasn’t culturally ept. But still, I expected this video to hold their interest. No way. Wrong kind of tagging, i think.

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Words are not ambiguous

Well, I’ll never let it be said again that ELLs don’t understand that some words have very specific meanings, and must be used judiciously. Yesterday, one of our kids (who had been truant for a couple of weeks) was brought over to our school from the high school across the street. She’d been brought there […]

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F stands for…

Middle school kids love stupid humor. In particular, one of the favorite jokes for kids who perpetually don’t pass their classes is to announce to their teachers that “F stands for Fantastic!” It’s a silly game, and best left alone, I think. Still, I’m tempted to put together a presentation for them to clarify what […]

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Some kids

I had some kids in my first period who, noticing that a lot of the local stores were closed yesterday, and that their church had a fair, thought that 4/20 was a national holiday. At least, for today, they are behaving relatively well.

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