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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.
I was listening to a podcast recently by Michael Hyatt in which he was discussing life priorities. When asked what his top priorities were, he replied that his relationship with God comes first, followed by – Well, I was just sure he was going to say his family, but I was surprised and intrigued by his 2nd priority.
Today we’re happy to feature a guest post by Becca Foxwell who blogs at Foxwell Forest. She has a fantastic idea for how to build simple leadership skills right from the primary grades. Take a look, then go visit her blog.
When you think about your students, do you find yourself naturally putting them into categories? There’s the sharp ones, the creative ones, the disruptive ones, the ones with attitude problems, the ones with academic struggles, etc….