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Many people can recall the teachers that made an impact on their lives in some way. What was it about them? Was their impact positive or did their actions motivate the former students to prove them wrong? Either way, teacher credibility has been proven to be an integral part of the student experience.

Research on teacher credibility shows that there are certain behaviors that create opportunities for students to perceive one teacher as more credible than another. That is what fascinates me.

It's my goal, through documenting my experiences as a classroom teacher, to discover what it means to be a credible teacher. A teacher my students will remember. A teacher who impacted their lives in a positive way that was based on trust and dare I say, love. 


March 31, 2019

It seems that many people (including myself) make things much more difficult than they need to be.

We are always searching for the quick fix.

The easiest way to lose weight. The easiest way to do just about everything in life.

The same could be said about being vie...

March 29, 2019

This 'excessive worrying' narrative has to stop, or at least become more balanced.

It seems that if teachers aren't worrying about their students outside of the school day it means they aren't REALLY teachers, which is complete silliness.

It's easy to succumb to the...

March 25, 2019

I'm reading another fantastic piece in the April @thesunmagazine issue.

Dorothy Roberts is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and founding director of the Penn Program in Race, Science, and Society.

In the article she's being interviewed by Mark Levit...

March 14, 2019

Ah, memories.

That moment when you walked into the classroom and realized the teacher who's normally there is out for the day.

This usually meant more shenanigans than usual, for me. Nothing crazy but I knew I was going to get away with more having the complete stran...

March 13, 2019

Sometimes I feel like my only job as a teacher is to make students more aware.

Daily, I am pointing out situations and opportunities for students in hopes that they see things from another perspective. All in hopes of possibly helping them to make a different decision...

March 8, 2019

We are all human.

Students have had different (not better or worse) experiences than their teachers have.

It seems I'm often sharing with students that I haven't figured out life and that I'm continuously working on myself.

A conversation with a parent regarding the...

March 7, 2019

People show they care in many different ways.

Some show they care by giving away money.

Some show they care by giving away time.

Some show they care by simply being there.

We all know teachers aren't showing they care by giving away their money, so what ways do tea...

March 5, 2019

Teaching is difficult.

There are so many variables and influences that make the job like no other.

Yes, there are plenty of other difficult jobs that people have in our society that I wouldn't do (or have any urge to do). The stress that can be caused by the difficul...

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