Before beginning my teaching career, I had an idea what my classroom and teaching style would be like. This idea was more than likely created by movies and television shows produced for wholesome family consumption. I had this naive thought that my students would always listen, be on time, come to class prepared, participate, and, on the rare occasion that there ever would be a discrepancy, quickly sail off to detention without one defiant utterance or movement. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and this is where my privilege really led me astray. I had the privilege of growing up in a middle-class, two-parent, household. I never had to worry about where my next meal would come from, when (if ever) I would see a parent again, or my safety. Teaching in a high-poverty school completely changed the way in which I world, and it has made me a better, and more away teacher. After several years of working with the “rough” kids, I’ve developed a soft part in my heart for that student, a...
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By the end of the school year, we have our classrooms running like well-oiled machines. The students know what to do, when to do it, and what to expect from us. The beginning of the year is an entirely different story though. On the first day of school, a fresh batch of newbies enter our classroom with wide eyes. They are excited to see their friends, and they are a little anxious about their new classes. However, if they don’t have guidance and structure in the first week of school, they will call the shots and run the show. That is why it is so important to establish these five routines as quickly as possible. By the end of the first full week of school, students should know how you run you class and what you expect from them. Try my limited-use restroom pass. Subscribe to receive classroom management tips and forms. Success! Thank you for subscribing. Your first email will be delivered shortly. There was an error submitting your subsc...
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year! Happy Back to School Season! I’m Christina, The Daring English Teacher, and this is my seventh year teaching high school English. Teaching high school English wasn’t always my dream career. Even though I spent countless hours as a child playing school with my kid brother –walking him up and down our hallway with his arms crossed, hand-drawing worksheets for him to complete, attempting to teach a seven-year-old how to create an outline about tigers and write a five paragraph essay, and writing questions to go along with a movie, being a teacher was never on my radar until after college and my first career. After graduating with a BA in journalism and political science, I began working in public relations. I loved the traveling, writing, and collaboration that came with that job, but I loathed many aspects of it as well. After some soul searching, I went back to school, earned my teaching credential in English and my Master of Educati...