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, ...

Weekend Reading 6/18/16

June 18, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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I found some great stuff going on out there in the world of education blogging this week. Here is a summary of what I found and shared on Twitter (follow @sywtt). this week.

  • Growth Mindset: Clearing Up Some Common Confusions
  • Digital transformation in eduction: from challenge to opportunity
  • What’s so sexy about math?
  • How I teach kids to love science
  • 10 Open-Ended Questions for Teachers’ Reflection and Summative Evaluation
  • 5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb
  • When Everyone Owns the Place of the Arts
  • I’m A Teacher Who Loves Quizzing; But Does Quiz Format Matter?
  • Are We Too Preoccupied with Teaching Techniques?
  • 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom of the Future
  • 6 Apps That Can Help with Student

Quitting Teaching, A View From A Former Teacher

June 13, 2016 Lucas Allen 0
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This is a guest article by Lucas Allen, a former math educator from Illinois.

Why I Left
About 18 months ago, I quit teaching for a job in the corporate world. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I had been a high school mathematics teacher at a couple of different schools in downstate Illinois over the course of 13 years. Lest you think I was longtime disgruntled employee of the public school system, let me assure you that was not the case.

Over the years, I had thrown myself into numerous school activities, coaching the chess team, the volleyball team, and my favorite, the math team, eventually coaching my team to the 2012 Illinois 2A math team state title. ...

Weekend Reading 6/11/16

June 11, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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Over the past two weeks, I have jumped back into blogging. This week, I jumped back into Twitter (follow @sywtt). There’s some great stuff going on out there in the world of education blogging. Here is a summary of what I found and shared this week.

  • Response: Blended Learning Is ‘the Next Generation of Education’
  • 41 Books Worth Reading
  • What Makes a Good Teacher?
  • 36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life
  • Blooming teachers
  • ‘Being a “sergeant major” teacher has been my most effective behaviour-management strategy
  • 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around
  • “What Is My Job, Anyway?” Teacher Hindsight From a Multi-Classroom Leader
  • Is your school’s “digital citizenship” practice a pass

60 Very Practical Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Teaching

June 7, 2016 Joel Wagner 2
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While I’ve had my ups and downs over the years as a teacher, my first two years were extremely challenging. Many of these pitfalls were avoidable. If I were going into a middle school band class as a first year teacher today, knowing what I know now, I would approach things differently. Here is an unsorted list that I have brainstormed of things I would like to have known before the first day of school.

  1. Begin class on time, every time
  2. Even though attendance is computerized, come up with a simple written system of checking role and do it consistently
  3. Run through each class period in your mind and take notes of questions you have; address those before the first
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