Notes from the Classroom

So much of what makes a good teacher comes from getting to know your pupils. In order to discipline or encourage participation, you need to know students’ names. In order to ensure children progress and achieve their potential, you need to know what they are capable of, know when to push them and know when to give them extra support. In order to provide a safe environment where they feel they can experiment, you need to understand children’s backgrounds and personalities. Having been in my school for so long, I know my students inside out, and we have a strong relationship because of it.

Check out the full post over at Book Snob.

Substitute teaching in pictures

YES ON ALL COUNTS. I started subbing this past week. I am so exhausted now…

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My first day in the classroom

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When the other teachers see that I am the sub

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Any time a kid has to pee

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When I threaten to take away recess

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When I see a kid eating his own booger

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When fifth graders have a writing assignment

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When I call a rowdy kid out by name

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When I ask a high schooler to do anything

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Me 10 minutes after the bell rings

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