Jeopardy Champ Has Shocking Plan To Overhaul Education, And It Just Might Work!

June 28, 2016 Mister Teacher 1
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This guest article by John Pearson will leave you scratching your head to figure out why you never thought of this before.

With schools and students increasingly getting technology and finding themselves “on-line,” it’s probably time that we as educators start adapting our academic“hooks” to fit the times. Since so many ads and sites shamelessly use clickbait headlines, I thought it would be a good idea to start a little list going of similar approaches we could take.

Please feel free to add your own

  1. Here’s a homework sheet with 10 word problems — Number 5 will shock you!
  2. The cafeteria served smiley-face potato wedges. You won’t believe what happened next!
  3. This video will prove you’ve been estimating wrong
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Adieu, Homework: Let’s Explore Alternatives to Traditional Homework

June 27, 2016 Ethan Miller 0
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Today’s guest article by Ethan Miller explores some of the history of homework and also a few homework alternatives.

If you end your class with homework and you hear groans, it may be time to stop and ask why. Of course, this is nothing new and it knows no boundaries, geographically at least, from what I hear from colleagues. Homework and a collective groan following its announcement have been around for many years now, since formal schooling began.

If you are surprised to hear this because your students always respond enthusiastically to assignments, I’d like to buy you coffee and grill you! I am sure everyone would like to know how you do it.

I was reading about the pros ...

Failing Forward: How To Learn From Failure

June 25, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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Another school year has come and gone. For many of us, it was a year of a few huge successes, a few colossal failures, and a whole lot of in-betweens. This article discusses how those colossal failures can propel you toward being a much better version of yourself.

Every failure is an opportunity

I love failure…at least after it’s all over. I don’t love failing. In fact, failing at stuff is one of my least favorite things. But I love what failure does to a person. It means I did something. It means I tried. It also means, I have a new opportunity to learn a great lesson. Often, the bigger the failure, the more valuable the potential lesson.

The ...

10 Steps For Interview Success [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 24, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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Summertime is in full swing. That means that many new teachers search for their first job, and many more experienced teachers look for a new job. The interview is an inevitable part of the job hunt. For many pre-service teachers, a teaching job interview is the first real job interview they have ever had. But interviews often lead to rejection. The good news is you only need one interview success.

Nowadays, numerous resources are available to help make sure the interview goes well. Unfortunately, few of them seem to be geared specifically toward teachers. Tradewind Recruitment is one company whose focus is helping teachers find jobs. They have put together a nice infographic to help guide you through the process. ...

How To Actually Enjoy Teaching A Class You Don’t Want To Teach

June 23, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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You want me to teach what?

Imagine my surprise the first day of my job one year when I found out that I was teaching Music History and that there was no curriculum for the class, no budget for it, and no textbook. The class was used to fulfill the fine arts credit that student needed to graduate, so I could reasonably expect that less than 25% of the students had any kind of working knowledge of music. In fact, most of them would inevitably want to listen to exclusively hip hop music and complain about anything that was produced more than 5 years earlier.

Other teachers who had taught the class explained to me that they just show movies, ...

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