Common Core Reading Simplified

Since today’s blog must begin with the letter “C”, I must write about the newest craze in education: Common Core State Standards. I have been teaching reading and writing for 15 years and for most of that time I was given a set of standards by the State of Oklahoma called the PASS guidelines.  TheseContinue reading “Common Core Reading Simplified”

Student Writers Living In Poverty

In the many years I have spent in the classroom, I have been through several modes of thought as a teacher and most of these modes were originally brought on by the way I was raised. I grew up in a home with parents who did not graduate from college but who had a highContinue reading “Student Writers Living In Poverty”

Get Your Bluff In: 5 Scams Used By High School Students

I would like to begin this post by saying that I am not trying to bash students at all, but expose some of the lies that student tell teachers to either (A) get out of doing work or (B) blame their mistakes on others.  Most of my students are hard working, inquisitive, and caring peopleContinue reading “Get Your Bluff In: 5 Scams Used By High School Students”

5 Perks of Being a Public School Teacher

I’m sure there are plenty of blogs out there that have many negative things to say about being a public school teacher: from the horrible pay to the mistreatment by legislators out of touch with the classroom to the violence that could be visited upon any school.  I, however, would like to list 5 thingsContinue reading “5 Perks of Being a Public School Teacher”

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”

The 90-10 Split

Yesterday I posted a blog post about my thoughts on why I assign homework.  I had some very interesting responses and some of you even suggested some rather rash (and humorous) ways to deal with the problem of students who simply choose not to do homework assignments. Today I thought I would like to offerContinue reading “The 90-10 Split”

Why I Assign Homework

Today was rough. I give my students a packet that not only contains every due date for the unit but also some supplemental reading that is included so that students can mark up a text, circle and define unfamiliar words (vocabulary component) and generally read some things not included in their textbook to give themContinue reading “Why I Assign Homework”

King Lear: A Common Core Unit

I teach one section of 12th graders, and rather than read the normal Macbeth play for our Shakespeare unit, I choose King Lear.  Lear is probably one of the most commonly relatable plays for my particular culture because over half of my students come from broken homes or live in single parent households.  Here areContinue reading “King Lear: A Common Core Unit”

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”

Little Axe Softball Girls 3-Peat at Oklahoma State Championship

Last Friday we all piled on the buses to attend the Oklahoma State High School Softball Championship games held at the Oklahoma Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.  Many of my students were on the field that day and then the following Saturday.  We all cheered until our throats became hoarse, and our girlsContinue reading “Little Axe Softball Girls 3-Peat at Oklahoma State Championship”