Things for Teachers

Small signs you’ve made some kind of impact on a student

Warning: Profane language is about to ensue. The student’s name mentioned is not his actual name.

I had heard about him last year. One of the “notorious” disruptive students- always roaming the halls, entering random classrooms. He cursed at teachers. A lot. A “hello” in the hallway would usually get a response like “What the hell you want, motherfucker?” or “Bitch, shut the fuck up.” And that was just a greeting: nevermind if he was upset with you.

Last summer, I saw his name on my roster. Am I ready for this? I thought.The first time I met him was in the hallway, and I made him shake my hand.

This year has been a challenge. I have worked hard to try and develop a relationship with him, stay patient, and calm. I have always remained polite, even when I felt I was about to lose it.

I see him nearly every morning and say “Good morning, Alex.” He has never cursed at me in return. However, I had never gotten a response throughout the whole school year. He would just glare at me, or say “What.”

Last week- one of the few remaining weeks in the school year- I greeted him with the usual “Good morning, Alex.” He responded, “Good morning, Ms. D.” Is this some kind of fluke, or wild dream? I wondered.

This morning, I must have missed him in the hallway, so I did not greet him. Instead, he turned around after passing me and said “Oh hey, Ms. D!”


GOOD: Do Students Eat Like Prisoners?


GOOD: Do Students Eat Like Prisoners?

While plans aren’t settled or even proposed, Gov. Jerry Brown and other officials have suggested that without new revenues, California’s 180-day school year could be shortened by as much as five weeks in 2011-12. That’s one-seventh of the school year.

- EdWeek: California could cut school year by several weeks


An Invitation to World Literature ⇢

Invitation to World Literature is a thirteen part series of videos about classic works of world literature. Each video guides viewers through the themes and nuances of each work. The videos are accompanied by timelines and maps placing each work in its historical context. A text overview and short slideshow about each work is also provided by Invitation to World Literature.

Click through to read Richard Byrne’s post and watch videos related to the series.

Positively Persistent Teach: Announcing The First Tumblr Teachers Summer Book Club Selection! ⇢


We had over 70 people vote for the summer book club. I would love for everyone to participate, and if you did not vote but want to join in you are more than welcome to.

When people voted, they were asked to rate 4 different books on a scale 1-10 to show how interested they were…

Oh I am participating! Although I may enter a little bit late.

Source: teamteachers

Weekly Core Subject Resources from The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness ⇢

This blog always has great resources for math, language arts, social studies and science teachers. Check out the most recent list here.

5 creative uses of Wordle for Teachers ⇢

One of the biggest issues with getting teachers to implement technology is that they don’t know how to use it successfully in their classrooms. This blog post shares great ideas on how to incorporate Wordle into your lessons.

Purdue University, in Indiana, developed its own backchannel system, Hot Seat, two years ago, at a cost of $84,000. It lets students post comments and questions, which can be read on laptops or smartphones or projected on a large screen. Sugato Chakravarty, who lectures about personal finance, pauses to answer those that have been “voted up” by his audience.

Before Hot Seat, “I could never get people to speak up,” Professor Chakravarty said. “Everybody’s intimidated.”

“It’s clear to me,” he added, “that absent this kind of social media interaction, there are things students think about that normally they’d never say.”

- Students speak up in class, silently, via social media: NY Times

The New York Times

A friendly reminder for Tumblr Teachers…

Team Teachers launched last week as a place for teachers on Tumblr to collaborate. One of its goals is to make it easier for teachers on Tumblr to find other educators and education-related posts.

On that note, this is your friendly reminder to check out the list of the teaching tags that Team Teachers has started to compile (based on Tumblr teacher recommendations). While these are not tracked tags, if educators on Tumblr begin to use uniform tags, it will make it easier to pinpoint the resources or post you are most interested in. If you are interested in a tag you don’t see listed, submit it as a suggestion! Happy Tumbling :) ⇢

Click through to read Free Tech for Teacher’s description of, a service that allows you to create narrations to your Powerpoint presentations. If you like the idea of a “flipped classroom,” an alternative to screencasts, or providing your notes outside of class, this might be a good option fory ou.


Who I am: A fourth year high school history teacher at an urban(ish) high school in New Jersey.

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