Ten tips for new teachers, three for new history teachers, and two targets for me

Some sage advice for all teachers here really, not justb the historians…

Improving Teaching

If you want my advice – which you probably don’t, either because you’re a first year teacher who thinks you know it all, or because you’re a second year teacher who knows you do, or because you’re a third or fourth year teacher who knows that although you don’t know it all, neither do – here it is anyway…

The Reluctant Disciplinarian, Gary Rubinstein

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”

The Sunscreen Song, (or, rather, Mary Schmich)

I received too much advice at my Teach First Summer Institute: much of it appeared contradictory, all of it was rooted in the giver’s context.  For some years therefore…

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