What is good teaching?

  The first assignment for one of my doctoral classes this semester is to write a 2-3 page paper on the following: What is good teaching?  It is meant to be a short, casual way for our cohort to get to know each other better and dig into how we want to explore this idea together. My assignment seems less like … Read More

Just Ask

Last week I wrote about listening to my students and the shock I received when I realized that I was always planning for my students but not with my students. In fact, I was doing the same thing that teachers complain about others doing to us.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t listening to my students but rather, that I was listening to them only after I … Read More

Just Listen to the Kids

I always think of myself as a teacher who listens to my students. As a teacher who has a democratic classroom. As a teacher who is student-centered. But this was thrown in my face when I had a heart-to-heart with my students about our math class. To be frank, math workshop just wasn’t working. For me. For them. We all … Read More

Building Reading Lives

We all know the benefits of reading in school. That’s not something I need to discuss with anyone coming here. We all spend endless hours planning and revising our reading blocks – figuring out how to squeeze in more independent reading time, how to have one more conference each day, how to build the conversations in our class and how … Read More

That Magic Moment

Yesterday, my class had that Magic Moment. If you’re a teacher, you know exactly what that moment is. It’s the beginning of the day and the kids are coming in as you greet them. Then suddenly, you have to step out of the room for some reason – to talk with a parent, because some catastrophe is going on down … Read More

Oh, How the Pendulum Swings!

I know I wrote about controlling students in my last post, but this topic is still nagging at me…and probably will continue to do so in our current educational climate. But I don’t want to just write about how we need to release control a little bit. I want to think about how we balance between scaffolding the learning for … Read More