Are you familiar with the texts used by Canadian public schools? They might be worth a look. While I wait for CLE’s upcoming 11th-grade US history text I’ve been happily using one of the common secular texts published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. It’s about as neutral as possible towards religions and ideologies. I strongly prefer it to the US history…[Read more]
We have a bunch of these Voit Softi coated foam balls, and they really improve dodge ball and its variants. They’re very soft, and can be thrown hard without stinging. Much safer and less scary for the timid than rubber playground balls. They’re also a good size, in between a softball and a volleyball.
At the end of the 2016-2017 school year I was exceedingly weary of students forgetting to bring things to class. Grades 7–12 students at our school have lockers for their stuff and move from room to room for their various classes, and the forgetting of books, pencils, paper, etc. was much too frequent. So at the beginning of last year I b…[Read more]
I’m not sure how this would apply to elementary students, but when my high school students fail to get something like this done in a reasonable amount of time they’ll generally have to stay in the classroom during lunch until it’s finished.
I tracked down a copy of our school supply list for this year. Here it is, lightly edited.
Small pencil box and pencils
Small nap blanket and pillow
Glue stick (no liquid glue, please!)
Crayons (8 basic colors only)
Small box of tissues
Grades 1 and 2
Small pencil box and pencils
My wife gets credit for this one: When there is a dispute between children, create an opportunity for them to find their own resolution instead of acting as a judge between them. It works very frequently both at home and at school, making each child responsible for getting along with others instead of trying to convince an adult to take his…[Read more]
We’ve decided to stick with ABeka (with modifications) in elementary for now, but we just might switch to Saxon for grades 7 and above. The input in this thread has been helpful.
As Jonas said, I’m interested in hearing more about Harold Jacobs’s texts.
For the last two years we’ve had a back-to-school night a few days before school begins. Students, staff, and parents are all included. There’s a brief assembly with a pep talk from our administrator, then students go to their homerooms. Students find their desks and/or lockers and stock them with their school supplies. I’m not sure what else they…[Read more]
Betty’s post reminds me of the importance of procedures, routines that create favorable conditions for learning. Entering and exiting the room, beginning and ending class, when and how to talk, assigning homework, passing out and collecting papers, dealing with misbehavior—establish procedures for these and other things. Effort spent e…[Read more]
The greatest factor in determining your success as a teacher is not your hard work or your talent; it is your character. You cannot be a good teacher without being a good person. Good character will lead you to work hard and develop your talent to the greatest possible degree.
The greatest factor in determining your character is the grace of God…[Read more]
If you know (or hope) that a song you’re interested in is in the public domain, look for it at the Choral Public Domain Library. Good for browsing, too. This is where I found the Easter Anthem link that I posted earlier.
Magnetic-tape sound recording does indeed have many points in its favor. 🙂
I was just thinking that making the needed technology available to each student could potentially be a big hassle (I’ve had problems with this kind of thing before) and thought maybe you’d found a non-obvious solution. I suppose I could have students who are able figure…[Read more]
“Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head” is a Christmas song I recently became acquainted with. It is a folk song collected (probably in Appalachia) in the early 20th century by John Jacob Niles, the man who brought “I Wonder As I Wander” to wide attention. One arrangement may be purchased here. And here’s another one.
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