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How to Build Better Relationships With Your Students This Year

How to Build Better Relationships With Your Students This Year

Building good relationships with students has the most direct link to academic success and good classroom management. It can be daunting in a new year to meet a new group of teenagers, but building strong relationships is always my number one priority. Here are a few...
Why Do We Teach? An Educator’s Self-Assessment

Why Do We Teach? An Educator’s Self-Assessment

In my most recent trip to Target, I noticed a new section had popped up: the Back-To-School section. While I felt personally attacked, I also felt … so much joy. I’m definitely not ready to give up free summer movies from my local movie theater or impromptu daytime...
Building a Teaching Community

Building a Teaching Community

Teaching is an odd profession in many ways. Perhaps the strangest is how easy it is to become isolated in the kingdom of your classroom, despite the fact it is constantly filled with students. Since we spend hours everyday talking to and interacting with our students,...
When Driven Kids Cheat

When Driven Kids Cheat

Let’s talk about cheating, shall we? Before we do, let me give some background. I teach in a highly competitive high school in Texas. My kids are the kids teachers dream of. I teach all AP classes to mostly self-driven, gifted sophomores. My kids work hard, do what...