Category: Schoolhouse Dilemmas Excerpts

“Better Never than Late?”

This is a hypothetical situation from Schoolhouse Dilemmas: Scenarios for Mentoring Secondary Teachers. In this scene, the teacher must determine what to do about a star football player who cannot make it to class on time and risks missing “the big game.” Better Never than Late?   Freddy is...

Dilemma: “If they’re not failing, then you’re not teaching!”

This scenario appears in Chapter Six: “Grading and Assessment Philosophies.” What would you say to your colleague in this situation? How much should the students’ future classes dictate your curriculum? How do you know that your students have earned the grades you’ve assigned? For further reflection, read my Edueto...

Dilemma: Shoot-out at the Copy Room

This excerpt is from Chapter Three, “The School as Workplace” Shoot-out at the Copy Room   Sometimes your best ideas do not come during your plan.  On this Tuesday morning, you are driving to school and thinking about your plans for the day’s lessons when “the perfect activity” unfolds...

Dilemma Group Lesson or Mob Rule?

    Here is an excerpt from School House Dilemmas. It appears in Chapter Two: Methods and Curricular Decisions. Group Lesson or Mob Rule?   As a new teacher, you are still trying to find your style.  You remember that some of your high school teachers used group work...