Category Archives: Education

So You Want To Be a Teacher…

I’m in the middle of a long-term substitute teaching job — six out of seven weeks, and it’s reminding me about all the little irritants that come with teaching. I’m not talking discipline.  I’ve had discipline problems in the past, and there are none in the five classes I have in this current job.  I’m

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It’s Not Easy Being a Teacher

This week I started a nine-day job as a high school social studies teacher.  It’s bringing back all the memories of my student-teaching days, like the administrative problems I had. Normally as a substitute, I teach one, maybe two days and leave a report on everything that happened.  Now I have to deal with the

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One Day in Dance Class

Being a substitute teacher has given me the chance to see how others teach.  One of my favorite memories was escorting a special-needs student to his dance class.  He was taking dance as an enrichment and they were working him into one of their routines.  Of course, he really stood out in a room full

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How High School Has Changed

Today I got another reminder of how high school has changed since I was a student. This morning some students came into my classroom selling the school’s news magazine. I had a couple extra dollars, so I bought one. The cover story is “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Other major articles are “Being Gay in High

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What Not To Do With Ice Cream

One benefit of substitute teaching is I can follow students throughout their academic careers.  I saw a young lady with anger-management issues successfully complete high school. Students I first met as fifth graders are now finishing eighth grade.  It’s a very rewarding feeling.  On the other hand… I especially remember one young man I worked

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What Kids Can Teach You

I had a busy day teaching Language Arts yesterday, which triggered my favorite teaching memory. Several years ago, I was helping out in a middle school science class. The students were doing an experiment in teams, writing their findings in notebooks. Toward the end of the period, there was a mad dash to finish and

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