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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


From Sam: "... as teachers, I thought it might be fun to make — at the end of the summer and the end of the academic calendar — some resolutions." He has rules. Go read them.

I copped out in the comments with a link to a google document full of ideas I didn't want to forget when the exhilarating panic is followed by the depressing "time to make the donuts" of the first few weeks of school. But those are just ideas. I can't do them all. And they're mostly technical. They would be minor improvements to the housing, when I really want to increase the payload.

I hereby resolve to:

1. Rewrite Boring Lessons. I am good at making my lessons effective in the mode of a few well-chosen examples coupled with ample and varied opportunities for practice. This year I want to rework lessons with the priority of making them not boring. I am not good at this. Yet. I'm afraid they will necessarily have to be less absolutely clear and thorough. Trying not to freak out. Deep breaths.

2. Stay Positive. I won't complain about a student to my colleagues or family. It makes me feel better for half a second, and then makes me feel like crap, and is otherwise totally unproductive. In the past four years I have gotten a million times better at lengthening the pause between think and speak, and installed some industrial-grade filters. One more shouldn't be that hard.


  1. I love these. And I'm loving how everyone's resolutions are different.

  2. #2 is situational, in my opinion. My wife is a teacher in the high school that receives students from my middle school. Often, when she complains about a student, especially early in the year, I know quite a bit about that student from having him or her for an entire year in 8th grade. I can often give insights or tips on how to handle the problem in a way that resolves the situation quickly and painlessly. It's great to be married to another teacher. They always know just what you're going through!

  3. Maybe I'm not complaining right. :-) I think there's a different between the pointless complaining that I'm trying to avoid vs seeking constructive assistance for a behavior problem from someone who knows the student.

  4. My roommates love the complaining I do. Everyone has a laugh (are you having a laugh?! Is 'e havin' a laugh?!) and we move on. Maybe I just complain about the funny stuff.

    Why do you think 'less boring' lessons are less thorough or clear?


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