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The Well is Dry

This is the first time I can remember that I’ve felt like maybe I can’t go on, maybe I won’t make it, and I’m not sure I want to try! I don’t know what else to do with some of these students. …feeling like my work and myself do not have value; I can’t measure up. The above comments are… READ MORE

Three E’s: A Teacher’s Dilemma

In the classroom I strive to maximize excellence and efficiency coupled with education. “Today I’m going to tell you about an excellent resource that will enlighten all your writing assignments and expand your vocabulary,” she beamed holding up a three-inch-thick tome. Paging to glad, students’ jaws dropped, amazed at the forty-three options: enraptured, transported, felicitous, gleeful, congenial, ecstatic, cloudless, painless,… READ MORE

Ten Creative Ways to Promote Writing

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

I am a writer. I have been a teacher. And as a teacher—writer or not—I found writing one of the most difficult skills I ever tried to teach. Looking back, I think I focused too much on writing as an assignment—a thing that had to be completed before the end of the book—and not enough on writing as a creative… READ MORE

Writing a Research Paper: Intermediate Assignments, Part 2

James A Goering II | Blog, High School Teacher’s Blog

After assigning the research paper (addressed in this blog post), you should have mini-classes to guide your students through the assignment.  First, teach them how to pick an appropriate topic. Choosing a Topic Choosing a good topic might seem self-explanatory to the teacher, but students will benefit from some basic pointers. The topic shouldn’t be too broad. Students tend to… READ MORE

Good Hard Knocks

A few years ago, a friend suggested the title The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo as a worthwhile story time read.  It is! In the story, a china rabbit named Edward, who, in spite of being deeply loved, is completely self-absorbed and unable to love others in return.  Then suddenly he is thrust into a cruel world… READ MORE

Blessed With ADHD, Part II

Riley was lying across his desk today, on top of his teddy bear, with his head and feet completely off the floor.  He was in kind of a V shape.  He stayed like that for quite a while.  I just ignored it.  Conner raised his hand and asked, “What is Riley doing?” He often has his pants pulled up to… READ MORE

You Aren’t as Important as You Might Think, But You’re Priceless

As an immature, proud, and inexperienced 20 year old, I applied to teach at Tidings of Peace Christian School.  The administrator, who also happened to be my father, gladly accepted my willingness to serve as a teacher’s aide.  The board, who was either too blind or too desperate, agreed to hire me. For anyone with a similar title, you may… READ MORE

February Fun or March Madness

Some of you may have just finished a fun month. Others may just be ready to dive in. A little spice goes a long way. I like activities that are motivational and don’t disrupt our entire routine—or cause mother or teacher to turn grey in the process. Twin Day was the highlight this past month. Ten minutes before dismissal I… READ MORE

Why Do We Have to Know All This Stuff?

“Why do we have to know all this stuff?” Sure, sometimes students are just grasping for a reason not to care about their homework, but it’s actually a good question that deserves a thoughtful response. I briefly addressed this issue in a previous post here and now I’ll expand on those thoughts. First of all, the Bible heartily endorses knowledge… READ MORE

How to Write a Research Paper: Assigning a Research Paper, Part 1

James A Goering II | Blog, High School Teacher’s Blog

Every other year, the high school juniors and seniors at our school must write a research paper. This paper must be at least 3,000 words, be properly formatted, contain in-text citations, and have a Works Cited page. The weeks leading up to the due date are filled with stressed-out students and many, many questions. “Is this the correct way to… READ MORE