Why Greeting Students Feels Good

I start every period of the day the same way.  When the bell stops ringing, I smile and say “Good morning, my wonderful ones” (or “Good Afternoon,” after lunch).  Each class responds differently. Some respond in unison with an energetic “Good Morning, Ms. Minkin,” some just say hello, some even mumble.  But I don’t care.…

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How We Keep on Teaching, Despite The Grief?


A few years back, a pre-service teacher told me that she had been up late the night before crying because a student she was connected to was being bounced around the foster care system. She believed he was slipping through the cracks and was fearful about his fate.  “How do you keep on teaching?” she…

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