Teaching Life

I'll never have a fat bank account or drive a sporty car. No one will remember me as 'that successful businesswoman' or 'writer who found success.' But that's ok because I get to hear the sweet sound of success on a weekly basis. #success #teacher #student #test #career #testtakingskills

The Sweet Sound of Success

Practicing for Success “Open your booklet and fold the back cover at the perforations,” I instructed my students this morning. “What’s a perforation?” one asked under his breath. “That little line of holes you can see if you hold the paper up to the light,” I said, and went back to my monologue. “Today you’ll take a practice test for the Iowa test.” “Practice test?” Everyone groaned. “Why do we have to practice?” someone whined. “To make sure you experience…

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Do You Delight in and Collect Kids’ Quirky Conversations?

Why I Should Collect The Things My Students Say My students crack me up. I’ve had the privilege of teaching teenagers for the last 28 years, and every week involves a good belly laugh over something one of them said or wrote. Unfortunately, I’ve failed to collect all of their funny sayings over the years. Just think of the collection I’d have by now! During my mixed-grade study hall, Kyle—a constant work-avoider, wanted to know who got to sit in…

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