Monthly Archives: August 2014

Thanks to Dr. Benes

My social studies methods course in college (Murray State University) was taught by Dr. Benes.  As undergraduates, we all knew that we knew more than he did.  He had crazy ideas about discipline. He suggested things like NOT having a discipline … Continue reading

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Words Matter

“Mr. Grossman, remember yesterday when you said I was thinking like a scientist?  That really made me feel good.” One of my students made that comment to me this week after class, and it nearly brought tears to my eyes. … Continue reading

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What are you working on?

Earlier this week during the study period at school, a student asked me what I was working on now.  “Like winning the Nobel Prize or something,” she said.  At first, I considered this a frivolous question from a student who … Continue reading

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What would Kohlberg say?

Many of us have long forgotten those theorists that we learned about in our undergraduate developmental psychology courses.  If this is the case, then you probably don’t remember much about Lawrence Kohlberg.  I find myself thinking more and more about … Continue reading

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Only 174 Days

For most people in my part of the country, the 2014-2015 school year has begun.  The previous sentence can bring forth a range of emotions from a variety of people.  There are students who are bored over the summer and … Continue reading

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“Look at me”

As I began this school year, I wanted to make a concerted effort to honor my students and to have a student-centered classroom.  As a first step, I asked my students what kind of classroom they would like and what … Continue reading

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Surprise Lilies

My grandmother called them surprise lilies.  I’m not sure of their “real” name, and I’m not too inclined to find out.  I like the idea of surprise lilies.  Most lilies bloom when they are supposed to–in the spring.  Surprise lilies don’t. … Continue reading

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