Teaching

My Success According to Standardized Tests

  Pretty much everybody agrees that standardized testing is an ineffective measure of what a student has really learned at best and a manipulative, soul-crushing tool at worst, but just in case anyone was wondering, I got my students’ preliminary end-of-level test scores back today. A little background info: *most schools consider you a good teacher …

Teaching

Happy Hour

Last Friday, a student (we’ll call him Barry) came into my 6th hour creative writing class, gave a big sigh [of relief], and said, “Mrs. Meidell, are we your happy hour?” I laughed and replied back with, “Why? Is this YOUR happy hour?” He thought for a second, then said, “Yeah. I’d say that it …

Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire Book Review

Book #3: Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire

Title: Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire (aff link) Author: Rafe Esquith # of Pages: 240ish Last year, Matt and I checked out the Scholastic Book Fair mega-sale on USU’s campus, where we ended up spending about $180 on two dozen books that would have cost us $500 anywhere else. This book by Rafe Esquith …