• beta club,  Uncategorized

    Putting It All On the Line

    Sometimes, life isn’t easy. Sometimes, it’s hard. As a teacher, it can be especially hard to watch your students pour their hearts and souls into something and come up short. It’s times like that when we, as teachers, have to remind ourselves that we can shape these students and push them and cheer for them and they can still fall short of their goals. That doesn’t mean we failed them. That doesn’t mean you didn’t do a great job as a teacher. It just means that this time wasn’t their time. But boy, oh boy, can that be hard. Trust me, I know. Let me tell you a story… Two…

  • reading

    Engage Them With Reading

    I’ve posted before about the love of reading and the power of books. I’ll keep talking about the magnificence of books until I’m blue in the face and all my readers (all one of you) are bored out of your mind. That’s how awesome reading is and how much I believe it is necessary for our students. I’m always harping on reading in my classroom. I have a classroom library of over 500 books and I’m constantly adding more. While I teach Social Studies, I’m trying to help my students build a love of reading by suggesting titles I think they’ll enjoy and purchasing books they ask for or books…

  • new year,  new year's resolutions

    A New Year … Some New Goals …

    Everyone knows that when the New Year comes around, you make New Year’s Resolutions (that you may or may not keep). Some people say they’re going to budget. Others vow to exercise. There are those who want to start a new job or finish college. Everyone’s goals are different and it’s always a good idea to have goals – whether you start them on New Year’s or on January 21. Or even in July. Seriously, just have some goals. I, personally, have set a few goals for myself this year. Mine are more of the practical type and I’m not pretending that I won’t hit a few roadblocks or stumble…