Catch Up #2

At the farmer’s market this morning, I ran into my friend Meta who is also doing the #reflectiveteacher blog challenge. She has been so dedicated to blogging every day this month–and she’s written deeply personal and highly reflective posts. She’s a model for what I should be doing in this …

Playing Catch Up

I’ve missed the last few days of the #reflectiveteacher blogging challenge, so here are very brief responses to the prompts. Day 7: most inspirational colleague. I’ve been so fortunate to work with Rick Hansen, a generous colleague who has taught me so much about the teaching of writing. Conversations with …

Mentoring

This prompt from #te@achthought asks that we blog about what a good mentor does. Since I work with so many student teachers, I think I’ll discuss what a good master teacher does. First and foremost, the master teacher needs to create a safe environment for the student teacher, a place …

Light Bulbs

The prompt from the blogging challenge today is to address what I love most about teaching. I appreciate this invitation to talk about what makes me committed to my profession. I love seeing the light bulbs go off. Sometimes that is evident in class. We’re discussing an idea or a …

Teacher Leader

I’ve decided to diverge from the suggested prompt today. What I’d like to talk about instead is my commitment to being a teacher leader. To me, that means that I advocate for good practices with my colleagues, both in my own department or wherever I meet teachers. I try to …

Teachnology

Frequently, when I type the word “technology,” I accidentally type “teachnology.” It seems appropriate to me since I believe that technology is an effective way to teach students. I like that technology: encourages collaboration helps students develop a sense of design/visual literacy is public and therefore makes for an actual …

Reflective Teaching

The people at te@chthought have challenged teachers to do a reflective blog post every day this month. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up, but today’s a holiday–so I can at least start the month off with reflection. The prompt for today is to reflect on my …

Peer Response Groups

I’ve just started a Facebook page called The Writing Teacher. This morning, I posted about peer response groups. Here’s what I wrote. Discussion plays an important role in the Writing Teacher’s classroom. It gives students a real audience for their writing, supports the development of ideas, helps students identify non-productive …