Where the freak have you been, Vo??? Don’t be mad. I know I’ve been absent from this blog for a while. Let me explain. In the future, monstrous aliens show up and start decimating humanity, so our descendants came back in time to draft me and thousands of others to travel 30 years forward and […]Read More
Thoughts AKA Posts
How To Summer!
As I wrote about in my previous blog post (Get Rid of the Stress and KEEP TEACHING), we teachers do a lot over the course of the school year. The sheer amount of what we’re expected to do during school hours is quite insane, and I’m not even referring to the things we’re expected to […]Read More
Get rid of the stress and KEEP TEACHING!
I’ve been reading a lot on Twitter recently about how stressed out, grumpy, and unhappy a lot of teachers are or have been. I’ve been there. In fact, I feel that at some point EVERY YEAR. However, I’m consistently able to ride the wave of dissatisfaction back to the shores of happiness. So, this post […]Read More
HELP! How Do I Get Through To This Kid???
So, now that the holidays are all done, I can talk to you about a special student of mine. I actually wrote about him before in the post entitled “You Really Are The Worst, Brother”. I’m talking about the kid I affectionately refer to as “Drax”. As you remember, Drax didn’t start this current school […]Read More
Sam Vo: A Case Study In What It Takes To Be A Good Teacher
So You Want To Be A Good Teacher Are you an aspiring teacher? Maybe you’re a new educator? Perhaps you’re a veteran maestro? Regardless of which one you are, you may be wondering if you’ve got what it takes to have a long successful career in education. If this question is burning in your mind, […]Read More
Have Your Cake. Eat Your Cake.
So, I know it’s been a few weeks since I last posted something. I’ve been kind of busy. Feast your eyes on the list below of what’s been eating up my time. As you know, I’m at a new school site. I’m loving it, but I’m still learning the ins-and-outs and dos-and-don’ts of my new […]Read More
Can You See? (Part 2 of Developing Good Relationships With Students)
via GIPHY Gina At the beginning of this school year (2018-2019), one of my students quickly stood out from all the rest. She has green highlights in her hair, a cool last name (which I will not divulge), and a “bubbly” personality. I’ll call her “Gina”. We are now 2 months into school, and one […]Read More
Developing Good Relationships With Students (Part 1 of a Series: Clubs)
In my post entitled “Why, When, and Where You Should Transfer”, I wrote that building strong relationships with students is the absolute most important thing a teacher can do to help students succeed in their education and lives. This is dogma to me. I will preach this until humans evolve the ability to learn from […]Read More
Phenomena that BLOW THEM AWAY! One post of a series: ATOMS
Is it just me, or do most phenomena suggested by NGSS experts SUCK??? Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the idea of using phenomena as overarching themes to pique the students’ interests, tie together as many topics as possible, prompt kids to ask questions, and drive them to seek answers (thus discovering the science themselves). I’m sold […]Read More