Week Two. Less To Do. More Room To Grow

After an initial workweek drenched in mixed emotions, I punched in my office for code Monday morning. My posture stretched skyward with optimism. My predecessor was gone. The current class of six-month trainees returned to their schools. I felt like a full-fledged, albeit green, part of the team. I buzzed with a bit of a … Continue reading Week Two. Less To Do. More Room To Grow

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

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

The Evolution of Lesson Planning

Earlier, I described the challenge and enjoyment of planning my own lessons. In short, planning sans textbook is a form of bounded freedom - creative autonomy coupled with practical constraints. Change is constant in creativity.   As I gather more informal feedback in the classroom, I continue to refine and sharpen my creative landscape.  Sometimes this entails creative … Continue reading The Evolution of Lesson Planning