This is a great guy to learn from for new teachers.
Dylan Wiliam is a good resource for teachers, finding their way, and this video study is funny and instructive.
Big PD books this summer:
Jennifer Serravallo’s Reading and Writing strategy books. (
180 Days— Kittle and Gallagher
The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
I have finally made peace with my color scheme: gold/yellow; black; grey; and accent turquoise/teal.
I have one full wall of a gold/yellow hued world map. I’m thrilled.
This week is a flurry of educational wall art. Woohoo!!!
Travel /antique library motif!!!!! Wooohooo!
The Hate You Give——book tasting
Jesus Christ, this is an awesome experience so far, but I’m growing a bit concerned about my impromptu Pledge policy.
We have the Pledge of Allegiance every first period, and I noticed several students remained sitting during the Pledge. Of course, you probably remember when I was in second or third grade, I decided to sit it out in principle, but predictably the contrast of allegiances, so to speak, cuts across racial lines, and I’m anticipating parental unrest. That first day, noticing sitters, I just said, “Stand or sit, based on what’s important to you.”
I did decide to stand, put hand on heart, and repeat the Pledge, so I wouldn’t be an instigator in any mini-movement.
I really like my job, but I’ll die on this hill. I won’t enforce standing, nor will I name names...
You have a very unique position as a teacher to influence critical thought.
Middle school is the exact place to call attention to social norms and injustices. Please leave your own biases and opinions at home and create an atmosphere for your students to learn and engage in contemporary events,
Whatever stance or non stance you may have , make sure your students have a balanced view of why it is, or is not, customary to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Leaving my bias out if it is exactly why I don’t interfere with their choice.
Teacher takes Pledge seriously.
I can’t understand how anyone can get so bent out of shape about this.
Btw, now NOBODY but me stands for it. (Cringe)
Your bias will show up in many of the posters and slogans you choose to cover the walls with. Some of those you have already listed show this.
As to standing, if you refused at an earlier age, why make such a show of it now? You have the students an option. And why do you indicate that it makes you cringe?
Must say, it's a wealthy school and/or district if they can afford flags. We had to pledge to the wall or front left corner.
Have you not been watching, listening to and/or reading the news the past few years?