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The Art of Creating Sub Plans

The Art of Creating Sub Plans

I know what you’re saying. “Really Sam? There is an art to sub  plans?” There is. Really. I hated having a sub, because it took more time to prepare a sub plan than if I was going to teach. That’s probably why I was seldom out of the classroom. I learned early  on in my […]

Teaching Integrity in the Classroom

Teaching Integrity in the Classroom

My friend Patrick, is a counselor at my school, and he runs a Peer Tutoring program where middle school students go across the street to tutor the students at the elementary school. Part of the application process to become a Peer Tutor is to answer the question: What does it mean to be a person […]

Classroom Management – You Only Need Two Rules

Classroom Management – You Only Need Two Rules

I had a conversation recently with a colleague, and we agreed that in order to have a classroom with fewer behavior problems, all teachers have to do is enforce two rules: respect yourself and respect others. I remember having a poster in my room that listed all the rules of my class. It had rules […]

The Iris Center – An Amazing Resource for Classroom Management and More

The Iris Center – An Amazing Resource for Classroom Management and More

Today I spent the day at my Alma Mater, Claremont Graduate University. They had a workshop for Master Teachers, to better prepare us for when we have student teachers in our classrooms next year. Today’s topic was classroom management. This seems to be the biggest problem that student teachers face in those early years. That’s […]