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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 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...

February 27, 2019

As we all know, leadership in the classroom is something all teachers know from an experiential perspective.

What type of leader a teacher is can depend on how they communicate all of the expectations they have for their students.

There are two major types of leaders...

February 16, 2019

Every once in a while I like to Google 'how to get students to' and see what comes up.

I'm intrigued at how we get students to do anything, really.

How does one get anyone to do anything?

How do I get others to respect me?

Think about that. How does anyone get anot...

February 8, 2019

What is implicit bias?

What is racial anxiety?

These are two questions that I learned more of the answers to this week using this unbelievably important report published by the Perception Institute in 2017.

I recorded two podcasts this week sharing what implicit bia...

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