My Favorite Teaching Mindset

What qualities make a good teacher?  Answers rain in from many people. Kind.  Compassionate.  Patient. Diligent.  Growth-oriented. When I consider the common characteristics of quality teachers, I find a single thread that ties them together.  This thread, this mindset, keeps me flying high during the best of times, and sustains me through the worst.  It … Continue reading My Favorite Teaching Mindset

Effective Classroom Rules

One powerful force of classroom management is class rules.  What guidelines will direct student behavior? Several weeks ago, attended a classroom management presentation up north, in Jeonju.  One speaker shared clear and actionable insights about classroom rules. I embraced some of her wisdom but elected to ignore other aspects.  Regardless, I see great merit in … Continue reading Effective Classroom Rules

The Three “C’s” I Love About “Corea”

Shout out to Spanish-speakers everywhere!  For purposes of forceful alliteration...Quiero compartir mis tres “C’s” favoritas de Corea.  La Conveniencia Me encantan las tiendas coreanas! Slowly but surely, convenience stores like 7-Eleven and CU evolved into cornerstones of my Korean lifestyle.  Have 30 minutes to kill before school? Grab a coffee and read at Emart 24.  … Continue reading The Three “C’s” I Love About “Corea”

6 Tips And Mindsets For Effective Classroom Management

As a teacher, classroom management often takes a backseat to instruction and activities - as it should.  The purpose of classes is for students to learn.  However, I would argue that effective classroom management is not a second-fiddle, but rather a foundation for learning.  Students in well-managed classes often report more positive feelings toward the … Continue reading 6 Tips And Mindsets For Effective Classroom Management

How To Create Flashcards to Learn Students’ Names

When motivating students, building rapport, or managing class, addressing students by name goes a long way. Though when one sees 16 different homerooms and 450 different students only once per week, learning names can feel daunting, if not impossible. But with some determination and a little computer grease, I created a flashcard system that has … Continue reading How To Create Flashcards to Learn Students’ Names