I recently came across a CNBC article titled: “A psychotherapist says parents who raise confident, mentally strong kids always do these 3 things when praising their children” written by Jessica VanderWier, a psychotherapist who works with families and children. It’s short, but full of incredible advice on how to help kids be confident. The article […]Read more "Mentally Strong Students"
In the beginning of this school year, I wrote a post called: In Math Class: To Write is Right. It discusses some thoughts on how we use writing to express ourselves, and how we use the written word in today’s world. I also promised to follow-up with some strategies that I have tried, and want to […]Read more "To Write Is Right: A Follow-Up"
“A picture says a thousand words” is a well-known statement and for the most part, true. Pictures can be interpreted in many ways. Emojis, bitmojis, gifs, memes, snaps – they are all digital, pictorial expressions. They are pictures that represent, or “say,” words. So, if our world is saturated with pictures, then where are all […]Read more "In Math Class: To Write is Right"
About 6 months ago, I became a mom. I couldn’t imagine sacrificing teaching time with my teens, and I also couldn’t imagine sacrificing daytime fun with my son, so luckily, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach part-time while I navigate this new world of parenthood. This has afforded me an opportunity to make […]Read more "Some Observations On The Connections Between Teaching And Parenting"
I recently came across an NPR article entitled: “OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?,” and it really got me thinking about my students. You know, those teenagers who seem to have their mobile devices glued to their hands. The same kids who grumble a little bit when I politely ask them to put […]Read more "Can’t I Just Google This Instead?"
Teenagers love money. They love to make money, but they REALLY love to spend money! It’s one of the reasons why they are a highly targeted market for advertisers – you can count on teenagers to buy lots of “stuff!” But, teenagers have very little experience with managing money. Some may have a job, others […]Read more "A Love Triangle Between Teens, Money, and Budgets"
Another school year is about to start, and this year I will once again be implementing a blended learning environment. I’ve always used a variety of resources to enhance my students’ learning, and this year won’t be an exception. My Google Site is updated, and after an “unplugged” summer away working as a Division Leader […]Read more "Going GAFE"
I came across an interesting article from thecornerstoneforteachers.com entitled: “8 Ways Teachers Can Talk Less And Get Kids Talking More.” It discusses various tips and techniques teachers can use in order to talk less in their classrooms, hopefully freeing up time for students to do more talking and reflecting. The first tip is particularly striking. […]Read more "Don’t Steal The Struggle"
Spring proves to be a busy time in the world of teaching. With the joys of Spring Break and great weather come the stresses of finishing the curriculum, preparing for finals, and wrapping up the school year. There is an electric quality in the air that everyone can feel. Similar to the week leading up […]Read more "“Non”-Extracurriculars"
I recently saw an article online discussing the pros and cons of motivating kids to do well in school with candy. It’s from this past December, but @ExitTicket just tweeted it out from their blog, so I read the article and became interested. You can view the article by clicking here. This is an often […]Read more "Motivating, Without Trick-or-Treating"