If we’ve heard “but that’s not fair!” once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. But let’s stop a second and really think about this complaint. Is it legitimate? We all know that life’s not fair, but should it be? Should we be?
Think back to when you were in school – did you have any teachers that were just, well, to be honest, bad teachers? Or maybe there’s some teachers you know now who are just simply not that effective.
Teaching can be tough. So can being a mother. Frankly, anything worth doing is going to bring plenty of challenges. It’s just how it is.
Cheating seems to be such a prevalent problem in our schools today. And it doesn’t matter what type of school it is – public, private, Christian – it’s something that’s happening. And it’s probably happening in your classroom.
When I think of teaching, I think of a roller coaster of emotions. There are so many ups and downs, so many great days followed by incredibly challenging ones.
There are quite a few different views about whether or not homework should be graded. Some say absolutely not; others definitely yes. And still others choose to just give a completion grade but not grade the work itself.
Why on earth is it so hard to be consistent in our discipline or our classroom management?
Okay, maybe for some of you consistency comes relatively easily, but not for me. And based on some comments that I’ve gotten from you readers, I don’t think I’m not the only one that struggles with this.
I think we teachers tend to view homework as our sacred cow. Or at least some of us do.
And, believe me, I really do understand the value of homework. As a math teacher, I firmly believe students need to practice on their own, and homework is a great way for them to see if they can solve problems on their own without the teacher’s help.
Over the years I’ve had various students who just don’t seem that interested in learning. Some of them appear lazy, others are disorganized. And occasionally there’s one who just seems completely apathetic. I have to admit there have been times that I haven’t really been the best at motivating these students. I really do try, but sometimes it’s just overwhelming, isn’t it? Sometimes we feel like nothing we’re trying is making a difference.