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The Story of 17 x 24 – Episode 014

Clear your mind…. I want to take you back about 60 or so years, back to the early 1950’s in rural West Texas. Take you to a warm hot day in August; dry mountain air in a small one horse town. Exactly the kind of town you would imagine when you think of a one […]

Special Guest: Jenn “The-Teacher-Next-Door” – Episode 013

This week we have a special guest, Jenn “The-Teacher-Next-Door”! Jenn is an accomplished teacher with over 20 years of experience and is the owner of the and online store at Teachers-Pay-Teachers. Her passion for helping others has made her successful both in and out of the classroom! We talk about her “soap-box”issue, her take […]

Are YOU Listening? – Episode 012

EPISODE 12 – Are YOU Listening? Spent the weekend at a pumpkin patch watching kids taking pictures and parents taking pictures of kids.  This must have some effect on their developmental growth; seeing themselves that often. If anything , it adds to the idea that we all learn in an environment of relationships! And since *** LEARNING IS ORGANIC (constantly […]

What to do when you have a disruptive classroom – Episode 011

I was recently asked to be interviewed by former student. The question was, “What do you do when you have a disruptive classroom?” My answer, “I’ve never had a disruptive classroom. I will never have a disruptive classroom.” And it caught my student off guard. So she asked why… There are a few caveats you […]

The Importance of Your Smile – Episode 010

Towards the end of my first year of teaching, I had arrived at a level of tired understood only by other teachers. During these weeks, when the attention span of every child is as long as their interest in completing work, I was having a very difficult time. The only thing I could do was smile. And […]

Why there are some days you go home defeated – Episode 009

In all my years of teaching, there have been days where I have struggled getting through a class period. It is heartbreaking. Not only that, it leaves you feeling less than and like there is no hope for you. It makes you question your sanity, your profession, your livelihood. These moments are the reason why […]

What to do when your students ask, “Why Am I Learning This?” – Episode 008

“Why Am I Learning This?” It’s an all too common question asked in the classroom. When will I ever use _____ BLANK? I’m not going to be a _____BLANK, why should I learn this? I’m not going to college, so I don’t need this. It is a teacher’s kryptonite to hear these words as it […]

Failure Is Not An Option – Episode 007

Failure Is Not An Option There are so many life lessons around failure, and as a teacher, you will have to deal with it often, especially if your in your first three years of teaching, because you will absolutely mess some things up, but its ok, as we will learn today! Its is an emotional […]

Three Strikes – Episode 006

Three strikes… There was a young lady that I met during our meet the teacher night recently; a student of the highest caliber that not only exemplifies what a student should be, she also possessed a delightful personality and disposition. As I began to speak with her parents, I could see the same excitement and […]

The Mission – Episode 005

The Mission I remember the little school house in East Texas arboretum, a replica of an early Texas school house; chairs are all lined up perfectly, with old books that talk about agricultural measurements and calculations. There’s quite a bit of mathematical calculations that were needed back in rural communities and for many who continue […]