Category: Problem-Solving

The Kids Always Talk Over Me

You Make Me Feel Brand New Despite the sincere and wonderful meaning of this Stylistics song title, for a veteran teacher, this phrase is like the kiss of death. A few years ago, I decided to go back into public education after experimenting with private education. I ended up landing a part-time job with a Read More

Finding Balance Is a Myth

You Know This Story It’s Wednesday evening (not afternoon, mind you), and I trudge to my car after another long day at work. It was dark when I arrived at school, and it’s dark as I leave school. Thankfully, the parking lot lights scare away the shadows. I might be physically leaving school, but mentally Read More

My Students Don’t Turn in Homework

This is a tough one. After many years of teaching, I still don’t have a clear-cut answer for this. ¬†All I can do here is offer some suggestions. Each class and kid is different, so it is really hard to figure out the best way to get kids to do the daily stuff. However, basic Read More