Teachers as Entertainers

“A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” – John Henrick Clarke I’ll be honest, I taught a disaster lesson in 5th grade. It’s a notoriously tough class, but I was ready (or so I thought). Well, turns out I wasn’t! Half way through … Continue reading

“I’ve come to t…

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or … Continue reading

Hemingway

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway

Confucius

“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher, I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” – Confucius I love this.  It reminds me of my science methods professor’s pedagogy – a modified version of the 5Es (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate).  In her version, “evaluate” is embedded … Continue reading

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