Hundreds of great teaching tips, lessons, and inspiration from my classroom to yours. Browse the archive page to find something you can use in your teaching practice or scroll down to see all of the posts. [Keep Reading]

Annoying Your Students is Ideal

May 21, 2019

“I annoy my students on a number of levels. I don’t praise them enough: I’m always being critical, finding fault in their work. I make them commit to a writing project—choose the subject of their essays—almost immediately. I don’t [Keep Reading]

The Value of Boredom

May 14, 2019

I was supply teaching in a classroom a few weeks back that had a brilliant display on the wall about the English language. It was chopped full of useful information for students. I found myself wondering how often this display gets used. I know that [Keep Reading]

We All Need Unplugged Alone Time

April 23, 2019

For some of us, it is difficult to truly be alone with our thoughts. We are constantly bombarded with all sorts of stimuli. If we have a spare moment, we often fill it by turning to our smart phones. It has gotten to the point that many of us simply [Keep Reading]

The Key to Getting Student Engagement

April 16, 2019

There are countless books on the market aimed at teachers. However, some of the best teaching advice comes from books aimed at business professionals, coaches, and even hostage negotiators. In his book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if [Keep Reading]

Great Classroom Displays

April 9, 2019

As a supply teacher, I get to see a lot of different classrooms. Here are some of the best displays I have come across is the past few weeks. I like the use of colour here. It guides students on how to do a literary analysis. This poster on [Keep Reading]

Getting Classroom Volunteers

April 2, 2019

“If I just ask for a volunteer, my students sit on their hands and look away. You’ve been there. You can almost feel your back muscles tense as you think, Oh please, don’t call on me. So I don’t ask. Instead, I say, ‘In [Keep Reading]

Technology Degrades Student Performance

March 26, 2019

I think it is a great idea to embrace technology in the classroom. It’s the way the modern world works. Nobody really uses cursive writing to communicate these days. Instead, we type messages, letters, essays, and emails. That’s why using [Keep Reading]

Grateful for Teachers Sharing

March 19, 2019

I found this on Twitter and thought that it was a great idea. I like the idea of a check-in activity. I also like how it is anonymous. By having students add a sticky note to the board, they don’t have to be afraid to speak out. They can write [Keep Reading]

Using Quotations in the Classroom

March 12, 2019

Sometimes a quotation can spark a great discussion. Let’s see if we can ignite something today. You can pose these questions to your class, accompanied by the original quotation of course or simply ponder them yourself. “The greatest [Keep Reading]

The Power of Choosing Your Words Carefully

March 5, 2019

As a teacher, it is important to use words wisely. How we say something can be just as important, or maybe more so, that what we say. For instance, having a long list of classroom rules that prohibit all sorts of behaviour and activities sends a [Keep Reading]
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