michael payne

Good ’til the Last Drop

Good ’til the Last Drop

It seems I may have finally breached the definitive point of this blog, and that is another common and normal issue educators have internal struggles over: time spent on task. Time not wasted while in class. A simple Google search regarding methods to effectively using every waking second of class will conjure plenty of results.

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Sleepy Kids in School

Sleepy Kids in School

A problem so common in brick and mortar (and presumably digital) schools that it would probably be safe to call it an epidemic: students falling asleep in the classroom. Maybe one or two per period, maybe just lightly dozing off, maybe crashed so hard you have shake the student to bring the escaped spirit back to the corporeal plane.

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Leave the Doors Open

Leave the Doors Open

Commonly we hear in schools across the country that when the first bell rings the classroom doors close and they reopen again when it’s time to go home. This is extremely similar to the admin doors as well. Everyone has an office. Everyone has their space: their room. Everyone has their desk.

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Shout Out to the Quiet Kids

Shout Out to the Quiet Kids

As a teacher, I’m reminded constantly to “keep all students engaged.” If there are students with their heads down or students not participating in a discussion, it is certainly the teacher’s fault! It couldn’t possibly be that students have high anxiety during their prepubescent years resulting in poor sleep patterns.

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I Don’t Want to Make Kids Hate Reading Anymore

I Don’t Want to Make Kids Hate Reading Anymore

I’ve been doing this for several weeks, and I’ve discovered quite a bit. I’ve seen students struggle with reading much more than I would ever have thought. I mean much more. Quite a few students seem stumped as to what they want to read. It’s as if they can’t remember the last time they were given an option and now are merely waiting for me to choose something for them.

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Math as Rhetoric

Math as Rhetoric

Bill Carey states that mathematics most certainly has a grammar, just as language does. For instance, we know how letters, words, and sentences work. They have a concrete system or pattern. In this same way, something like long division also has a “grammar”. Long division has “presumed prescriptive notions about correct use”. So, could mathematics — knowing it has a grammar — also be considered a form of rhetoric?

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