Beyond Pencils

Eliminating the Excuse

March 11, 2015
One of the first lessons I got in teaching was to develop strong classroom management procedures so I could spend more time teaching and less time worried about the day to day minutia that can bog a teacher down. For example, I teach my students how to quickly pass out and collect papers—even making it a competition with other classes—so that we don’t waste precious instructional time on administrative tasks.  No confusion, just a smooth, simple procedure. Technology is the same way for me. I develop my resources for the sole purpose of eliminating problems in class: forgetting assignments,...