One of the elements of a good teacher is the ability to differentiate assignments. Part of this, according to the text I’m reading on Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, is the ability to identify low, middle, and high groups within students.   Honestly? The thought of lumping a group of children into a ‘low’ category makes […]

While I do not talk with parents much yet, I have encountered one scenario several times that has left a significant impression on me. The particular situations are all different, but the underlying factor is this: The parent is worried about the ability of the child. I can almost feel the parent’s anxiety as he/she […]

In school, I never felt like any teachers hated me. Why would they? I was quiet, withdrawn, and shy; you have to draw attention to yourself to become a problem. While I had issues, I internalized them rather than act out; the only outward sign was the tears slowly leaking out of my eyes as […]

As I helped my Lil Sis with fractions, she kept running into one problem: When trying to change the denominator of the fraction, she would multiply only the bottom number; she forgot the upper number. I could tell that the direction of “whatever you do on the bottom, you also do on the top” wasn’t […]

“Where should your other hand be?”   As I ask the entire group of students this question, I pull up my reserve hand, emphasizing how it is tucked next to my side. Then I glance around to observe the students’ reactions. Most of them are checking their hands at this point, while one student requires […]

Time for me to enter Future Land, where I draw conclusions and play with ideas that could prompt a return from my Future Self to snicker at the naive foolishness of my Yester Self. (In other words, please ignore that I’m nowhere near a classroom yet as I muse about how I would handle a […]