Category: Teaching

My personal views on teaching, strategies, methods, resources and motivations. These are strictly my own opinions, and don’t represent the opinions of my school or district. It is my goal to keep this positive and solution oriented. Comments are always closed. This is not intended to be a forum for debate.

Spectral Workbench

I recently had the good fortune to discover for myself Public Laboratory (www.publiclaboratory.org) and one of their magnificent projects, Spectral Workbench (www.spectralworkbench.org). I was on a spin bike at the gym and read an article in the science column of

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Ben Marafino

“Unthankfulness is theft” – Martin Luther I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the debt that I owe to others in my life. Since I prefer to limit my blogging to my teaching career and the profession of teaching, it

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Anthony Novak

“Unthankfulness is theft” – Martin Luther I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the debt that I owe to others in my life. Since I prefer to limit my blogging to my teaching career and the profession of teaching, it

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Periodic Videos

When I was growing up, “Video in the Classroom” meant one of two things – a filmstrip or an educational film on the film projector. Anyone near my age remembers being put in charge of the filmstrip projector and advancing

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Educational Jargon

Every profession develops its own vocabulary, and new teachers quickly come to realize that education is no exception. I can remember even during my education classes at UCSB that there were several student teachers who delighted in this educational jargon.

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Stocking the Supply Cabinet

The Reality In a perfect world, all teachers would have the budget that is necessary to purchase ALL of the supplies that are needed for the day-to-day function of the classroom. Most teachers quickly realize that budgets only stretch so

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Balance

A very insightful friend of mine once said to me, “Andy, bad teachers never burn out.” The great paradox of teaching (and other service professions) is that the practitioners will often give so much of themselves that they reach a

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Visibility

About four or five years ago, each department at my school was asked to set goals for the new school year. One of the commitments that we were asked to make was to come up with ways that we could

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The Gratitude Box

Something very unusual happened to me yesterday. I was teaching chemistry in my second period class when an office aide brought a package into my room and handed it to me. My first response was, “I haven’t ordered anything.” She

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Change

Change is a part of life, but it has not always been central to education. When I began teaching, there were some peers whose lesson plans and notes seemed to have been written on parchment. They hadn’t been changed in

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