By Bill Page • Sep 1st, 2015
Who could forget the anxiety of classroom testing; the unfairness of many grading procedures; or the pain and embarrassment of failure --especially if you were "only average?" Here are some ways to help your students learn more and get better grades.
By Bill Page • Mar 1st, 2015
I had never attempted previously to define teaching. Why should I concern myself with the definition, after all, everybody knows what teaching is? But, somehow it bothered me that I had not previously attempted to define teaching. As I reflected on my beliefs about teaching; as I analyzed, considered, examined, and pondered, I came up with the following, "Teaching is...." comments. And, since I could not separate teaching from learning, I have also came up with "Learning is...." thoughts.
By Bill Page • Dec 1st, 2013
"Loners" suffer emotional pain often unseen, sometimes expressing that pain in ways that harm themselves and others. Teachers are in a unique position to help prevent at-risk kids from becoming loners, or at least, to help them define their roles more positively in school and society.
By Bill Page • Oct 1st, 2013
Learning spoken words is a life-long interaction experience and initially depends on those with whom one interacts. Spoken language is learned through its use; that’s why toddlers learn so quickly. Written vocabulary, grammar, and spelling are learned, mostly incidentally, through reading and interacting with media. The half million words available to be learned and the complexity of the English language make learning spelling difficult. Students who value the importance of correctness accept the difficulty as a challenge. Those students whose attitude is “Spelling is too difficult,” or “I’m no good at spelling” are already on a downward spiral from which they may never recover.
By Bill Page • Sep 1st, 2013
Bill Page says what he believes at-risk students would tell us, if they could. In many ways, they're TRYING to tell us; are we listening?
By Bill Page • Aug 1st, 2013
A crucial first day step toward a caring relationship and toward building a classroom learning community.
By Bill Page • Jul 1st, 2013
A veteran teacher offers some examples, some reasons, and a special procedure for making the next year a great school year.
By Bill Page • Jun 1st, 2013
The alternative to flunking students is teaching them. That requires teachers’ reflecting on their beliefs, perceptions, biases, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors. This can be accomplished through teacher study groups. Here's how.
By Bill Page • May 1st, 2013
Teachers live with their students; feel their pain, and offer care, empathy, and protection. Many teachers are willing to fight the deleterious standardized testing abuse and injustice the only way they know how.
By Bill Page • Apr 1st, 2013
Believing that students are solely responsible for the grades they get, teachers can give F’s willingly. But assuming their fair share of the responsibility and empathy, teachers can create ways to offer success and encouragement--factors that are absolutely essential for kids’ motivation and effort for the present and for the year.