“Stop Putting Cheetos in His Hat”: Establishing Proper Authority in the Classroom

Classroom management is a part of teaching that we as teachers often dread. Despite five years of running an ordered classroom, I still have nightmares about teaching students who won’t listen to me. Inevitably, my dream-self begins shouting to be heard above all the ruckus; inevitably, the dream ends in anarchy and failure.  I am … Continue reading “Stop Putting Cheetos in His Hat”: Establishing Proper Authority in the Classroom

Classroom Discussions: “There Are No Wrong Answers” Is the Wrong Answer

“In this discussion, all opinions are equal. It doesn’t matter what your opinion is--there are no wrong answers.” Haven’t we all heard this? Teachers use the above concept to preface all kinds of conversations and assignments.  I can not actually say that I haven't: I would hope that I haven't, but sometimes in flustered, blushing … Continue reading Classroom Discussions: “There Are No Wrong Answers” Is the Wrong Answer