In brief: Looking for some tips, strategies, or resources for teaching English? Here’s the best of this year’s Blackboard Talk posts, as chosen by you –the teacher readers.Continue reading
In brief: If you’re a teacher looking to leave schoolwork at school and enjoy better work-life balance, Paul Murphy’s Leave School at School: Work Less, Live More, Teach Better may be the book for you. Read on for key takeaways from Leave School at School.
In brief: Are you a depressed teacher or a teacher looking for ways to support a depressed colleague or student? Read on for some ideas for identifying and fighting depression.
In brief: When teachers try to be nice, they can fail to be kind. In this article, the distinction between kindness and niceness is made. An argument is made for teachers being offensive if it’s motivated by kindness.
Once in a while, a student will tell me he wants to become a teacher. I’m never sure how to react. These students often talk about teaching as if it were a fun babysitting job. Or a part-time revolutionary gig. Like in the movies. In part, teaching is like that. But only a small part.
I have a confession to make.
My lessons aren’t always fun.
In brief: When teachers make mistakes in front of their classes, it may seem like the end of the world. Haunting nightmares of a teacher’s mistake may keep him or her awake at night, but it shouldn’t. Here’s why teachers should embrace their mistakes.
Sooner or later, every teacher–with blessed few exceptions– will have to deal with a bully, and not the grade seven bully stealing chips from kid lunch boxes. But an adult bully, experienced and educated, dressed in fine clothes. A fellow teacher.
This post aims to inform teachers about the reasons for bullying in teaching and offer solutions for any teacher dealing with a bully.
Warren Buffet, the famous business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, asked a provocative question documented in Alice Schroeder’s biography of his life, Snowball:
Lookit. Would you rather be the world’s greatest lover, but have everyone think you’re the world’s worst lover? Or would you rather be the world’s worst lover but have everyone think you’re the world’s greatest lover? Now, that’s an interesting question. “Here’s another one. If the world couldn’t see your results, would you rather be thought of as the world’s greatest investor but in reality have the world’s worst record? Or be thought of as the world’s worst investor when you were actually the best?