So the past few months I’ve started watching the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” and I have to say, it’s way more interesting than I thought it’d be. And when my sister-in-law said that the girls’ recent book Growing Up Duggar was really good, I figured I’d check it out for myself.
So it’s Christmas time again, and you may be wondering what you should get your students. Or if you should get them anything. Or how on earth you could find the time or money to buy or make even a small gift for 100 students.
Christmas is an incredible time. And it’s not just the decorations, lights, food, and presents. The truths of Christmas are amazing and life-changing.
Sometimes there’s a class that’s just – how can we say this nicely? – challenging. You’ve tried everything you can think of, and they still don’t want to learn.
Today I’m featuring an interview with Rick Scarfi, a veteran math teacher who also happens to be my dad (and former teacher).
Teachers are always racing against the clock. And the race is never more fierce than when we’re trying to pack a year’s worth of lessons into not enough way-too-short class periods.
I had a whole different post written for today. It was about how during challenging times it’s good to stop and think about what you’re thankful for.
Remember the last time you suspected a student of something – be it cheating, lying, being mean, or any of the host of offenses we see on a weekly basis. You suspected the student but you weren’t really sure if they did it. Or maybe you thought they did but something just seemed a little off – and you just weren’t certain whether or not you should pursue it.
Managing your class at school is one thing, but keeping control of a less-structured class like Sunday school, a club, or a youth group is a completely different matter.
When I first started teaching there was only one word to describe the start of class – chaos.