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Sometimes Teachers Need to Laugh at Themselves

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Sometimes Teachers Need to Laugh at Themselves

This morning I found someone’s old bottle of chocolate milk sitting on a bookshelf in my classroom. I did what any self-respecting teacher would do and shot it like Steph Curry at the trashcan by the door. Unfortunately my shot was a little high and it hit the wall behind the can. Also unfortunately, the…

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What I learned from educators in the Netherlands

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on What I learned from educators in the Netherlands

I spent the past week speaking, telling stories, and listening at an education conference in the Netherlands. When I made plans for this trip after being invited, I thought it would just be a really cool opportunity to speak in a different country and see if the same stories and ideas I talk about in…

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6 Teacher New Year Resolutions

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on 6 Teacher New Year Resolutions

It’s almost the New Year! The New Year is a fresh start, and as a teacher, a chance to reflect on where you’re at and think about how you can get better at what you do. This year, I am going to focus on 6 things to improve my work in the classroom, and hopefully…

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Making Grammar Engaging

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Making Grammar Engaging

Few people have found ways to make learning about independent clauses and correct uses of commas compelling. Snapchat, Twitter, and texting have made proper punctuation seem like a chore, something English teachers make you do, and make sitting through grammar lessons a boring nightmare for most students. And all of the teacher-speeches in the world…

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Are Some Kids Past the Point of Saving?

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Are Some Kids Past the Point of Saving?

I remember in my first year of teaching, I had this student named Dave who rarely said a word and never turned in work. He just sat quietly by himself the first part of his freshmen year of high school. I knew there had to be more to the story, but nothing I did made Dave…

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What Teachers Can Do to Stop Cyberbullying

By Trevor Muir / January 30, 2018 / Comments Off on What Teachers Can Do to Stop Cyberbullying

Remember the ‘Burn Book’ in the movie “Mean Girls?” A group of “popular” high school girls cut out pictures of their peers from their yearbooks, and wrote dirt and gossip about them in this book? They would then share this dirt with each other and use it to be mean to other kids in their class.…

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Teaching is a Creative Profession

By Trevor Muir / January 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Teaching is a Creative Profession

Teaching isn’t formulaic, simple, or cut-and-dried. Teaching is art.

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No. More. Lectures.

By Trevor Muir / September 26, 2017 / Comments Off on No. More. Lectures.

The first time I ever heard a lecture from a teacher, like a 45 minute one, was in sixth grade geography class. This teacher was funny, enthusiastic, and knew what he was talking about. And I was bored out of my mind. And this was only the first of thousands of lectures I’d sit through…

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How Teachers Can Respond to Charlottesville

By Trevor Muir / August 26, 2017 / Comments Off on How Teachers Can Respond to Charlottesville

The day the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided to not charge the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an event that was later followed by massive riots and protests, was also the day before my class of high schoolers was about to go on Thanksgiving Break. Now teachers, you know what the day…

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I’m So Glad My Class Failed

By Trevor Muir / August 17, 2017 / Comments Off on I’m So Glad My Class Failed

My class once did a project where the students used a set of content standards to create board games that would be played by kids at a local elementary school. Judging by the unique ideas and artistic creations, I thought my students had excellent pieces of work to present to their target audience- which was…

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