The Truth About Being a Public School Teacher

Sometimes former students will pop by my classroom and inform me that they are pursuing a teaching degree, and when I ask them why they usually tell me that “so-and-so” inspired them or they just want to be a positive influence on students or something along that line.  I congratulate them, and then I sitContinue reading “The Truth About Being a Public School Teacher”

3-2-1 Assessment: A Common Core Method for Assessment

One of the things that we try to steer away from when teaching using the common core method is to get away from wrote memorization, teachers answering questions for students and basic surface learning. Assessment, or testing, usually takes the form (in my class) of an essay or a multiple choice exam.  I decided toContinue reading “3-2-1 Assessment: A Common Core Method for Assessment”

Writing in the Classroom: A Common Core Must

For too long students in public schools in the U.S. have been shackled by the mandates of NCLB, which has recently been proven to be an absolute failure.  Students have been taught to do well on a test because teacher evaluations are based on test scores, which is absolutely absurd.  What job on earth otherContinue reading “Writing in the Classroom: A Common Core Must”