“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

Even Accomplished Scholars: A Teacher’s Thoughts on the Limits of Education

My Dear Students,  After eight posts which emphasize the importance of education, I find it a fitting time to temper my enthusiasm for education by saying this: it is better to be uneducated and love God than to be an accomplished scholar and despise wisdom. Of course, uneducated people can certainly despise wisdom, and educated … Continue reading Even Accomplished Scholars: A Teacher’s Thoughts on the Limits of Education