I used to think I was pretty normal. Now I'm beginning to wonder if I, too, am an eduholic. I guess the first tip-off was earlier this summer when I started talking about backward design. I mean really talking about backward design. Like most teacher prep programs around the country, Teach For America's teachers are taught to use backward design in their planning. I had first learned about backward design, aka UbD in reference to "Understanding by Design" by Wiggins and McTighe, back when I was a first year teacher. I used it to design my unit plans, but it ...

According to the August 22-29, 2007 poll taken on Teacher Magazine, more than 65% of the 155 educators voluntarily polled said they spent $250 or more on classroom supplies in a year. I remember the first time in my life while in college I realized teachers had to spend their own money for supplies for their students. And that they would spend a lot of it. I was dumbfounded, angered and thought this must be an anomaly and surely they must get tax breaks like my small-business owning parents. And then, two years after my initial discovery, I became a ...

(A student's goals and plans posted on the classroom wall) What are your big goals for the school year? To get good grades and to do well in English class. What do you need to do to reach those goals? 1) Pray to God 2) Trust God 3) Let God take care of it all. (After I've finished an observation and left the 9th grade classroom) Teacher: Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know you guys did a great job executing our visitor procedures! You guys did exactly what you were supposed to do! (Which is to act ...

"You taught me how to swim and you dropped me in the ocean. Now, I'm worried about the sharks." -- a comment one of my first-year teachers, Fernie Salinas, shared with his education professor from college, reflecting with a heroic mix of weariness and amusement on the unpredictability of teaching before one actually goes into the classroom to teach a whole class on his own. Keep up the inspiring work, rock star....

1) What suggestions do you all recommend for a high school class that has issues with negative behaviors. The teacher says the problems are generally instigated by two guys who say they understand the need to learn the material, but don't care. One of them lives independently. The negative behavior from those two spreads throughout the class so that no one is listening to the teacher and no one is learning. 2) Another teacher has a whole bunch of students in in-school detention. They're in there for more than two weeks at a time! That's two weeks of lost instruction! ...


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