Who was the greatest teacher at Hogwarts?

For our number one choice, we went with someone who is not actually a professor at Hogwarts. You guessed it. Argus Filch. That’s right, the mangy, angry caretaker of Hogwarts. You know, the guy with the cat? Okay, we didn’t choose Filch. We actually chose Harry. Harry was a phenomenal teacher. When he trained fellow […]

Because of Teachers (Good Things Are Happening in Our Schools)

Don’t worry. I am still doing the Best Teachers at Hogwarts series. You’ll see that post later today. However, I thought I would share something that was on my mind this week. It is 11:47 on a Friday afternoon and I’m right here at home. But somewhere at a school right now there is a […]

I Was Just Like Neville Longbottom When I Was a Kid

When I was in the 7th grade, I this pair of shorts that were, well, embarrassing. They were way too short. They were pleated. They were plaid. They were everything you were not supposed to wear if you didn’t want to get beat up. But I wore them anyway because my grandma had made them for […]

Who Are the Hagrids in Your Building? How Are You Helping Them?

At first glance, it would seem that Hagrid has all the makings of a great teacher. He is willing to take creative risks. He has a deep and passionate knowledge of his content area. And most importantly, he cares about his students. But unfortunately, content knowledge and compassion aren’t enough to guarantee success. There’s a […]

How Favoritism Completely Derailed a Brilliant Teacher (Professor Slughorn)

Guest post by Trevor Muir This is the second in the Seven Best Teachers at Hogwarts series. The potions professor who had a secret society made up of his favorite students. Where Voldem— Tom Riddle learned about Horcruxes, and Harry had to steal brain juice from. Ol’ professor Slughorn was not the best teacher, but […]

Would you let your kids attend Hogwarts?

Warning: this post may contain spoilers. If you haven’t read the books, go do that now and then come back to this post later.  Let’s just put it out there. Hogwarts is probably a terrible place to send your kids. It’s dangerous, and I’m not just talking about the basilisks, trolls, and dementers. It’s also […]

Five Things Teachers Are Ready to Ditch in 2017

I’m trying out something new in January. On each weekday of this month, I plan to release a new vlog (video blog) on life, learning, and the creative journey. It’s a bit of an experiment, but we’ll see how it goes. Here’s my first attempt on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy the content, please […]

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Seven Teacher-Tested Strategies for Finding Renewal on Your Winter Break

I still remember my first winter break in my first year of teaching. I scratched out Christmas Eve and Christmas as true “days off,” but then I worked the rest of the time. I read two books on teaching. I took home a giant box full of papers to grade. I planned out my first […]