Monthly Archives: January 2015

Aw, man!

Reading out loud to kids, regardless of how old they are, is about so much more than just a way to kill twenty or thirty minutes, right? That’s because it lends itself so naturally to “teachable moments” without sounding teachy or preachy. Connecting a story to personal experiences (yours and theirs), other books and stories, or even other academic subjects is pretty darn cool. Reading aloud is often a springboard for more meaningful discussions that might otherwise seem forced or phony.

But what I really want to know is this: When a kid says, “Aw, man! I want you to keep reading.” Is it because (a) the story is so captivating, (b) my voice, like a waterfall of liquid gold, is so pleasing to listen to, or (c) students know that the longer I read, the less work they have to do? Probably a combination of a and c.

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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Teaching Tips


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It’s in the Bag

Looking for a way to improve your “teaching” persona? One of the easiest ways to look like a real pro is to carry some type of bag back and forth between the parking lot and your school building. Call it what you want…a bag, a tote, an attaché case, a brief case, or a satchel, it does the trick-even if it’s empty. It says, “Not only do I bust my hump at school, but I work on things at home too.”

Here’s what I like to keep in my “teacher” bag:

*Food-usually stuff that doesn’t spoil. A box of cookies, a can of corned beef hash, etc.

*Plastic silverware-I hate doing dishes.

*Paper towel or napkins-just in case I spill or make a mess.

*A stash of corrected papers-for those times when I leave my bag lying around and someone peeks inside.

Hope this helps,

Mr. B

Ps-If you really want to impress people, get something with wheels.

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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Teaching Tips


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So…uh, what’s new?

After a long hiatus, I’ve once again found myself wandering the halls of academia. Thank goodness I didn’t get rid of all my khaki trousers and button down shirts. Though, this time around I won’t be managing a traditional classroom, nor will I be wrestling with a plunger or mopping pee off the floor and walls of the boy’s bathroom. (I must admit, though, I will miss driving the floor scrubber up and down the hallway like a racecar and doing 180’s in the cafeteria.) What’s in store for 2015? Well, for starters, more blog posts. Seeing as I’m back in school, it only makes sense to write about the world around me. I’ll also be publishing a story via Kindle Direct very soon. A middle-grade historical fiction story that I titled The Light on Heart Mountain. Another writing project involves finishing a memoir based on the many awkward and uncomfortable situations I went through shortly after leaving the classroom in June of 2012. There were so many that I just had to write them down. I learned a lot. It’s currently in the hands of my lovely wife, who will scrutinize go through it line by line and shred my confidence offer suggestions in an effort to make it better. It’s a wonderful, ugly, and messy process that we’ve gone through before.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mr. B

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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Writing


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