Tag: school

The smartest student I ever taught was also the dumbest


This is a Micro (life) Lesson. Micro (life) Lessons are simple, compressed stories (under 250 words) that, like good teachers, continue to teach long after graduation. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. – Confucius I once taught a student who turned down scholarships from several […]

The Great American School Experience: Hide In The Closet, Stay Quiet, and Hope Not To Die


They were still bagging up bodies at Stoneman Douglas High School when my 9 year old daughter told me her plan. “We would hide in the closet.” “Really? That’s all?” “Yes, teacher told us that if there is an intruder we are to hide in the closet and stay quiet.” I didn’t tell her that […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Tell a Story on the First Day of School


In 8 Reasons How To Be A More Interesting Teacher This Year I explained stories are how I often communicate complex concepts to my students and how stories help heighten student engagement. With that being said, there is no better school day than the first day to engage students with a story. Here are five […]

8 Simple Ways To Be A More Interesting Teacher This School Year


As a teacher, I want to be interesting. I want my students to want to be in my class. In fact, my philosophy of education has always been rooted in a line from Billy Joel’s Piano Man: Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been coming to see               […]

Playing School (or why I still want to be a teacher)-Guest Post


Playing School (or why I still want to be a teacher) is guest post written by  Julianne Frascella. Julianne is currently a 12th grade student in my AP Literature class at Robbinsville High School (NJ). She will be attending The College of New Jersey in September 2017. It was like we were playing school. Except, […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Jill Vaz


WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features first grade teacher, chocolate lover and one of my former students Jill Vaz. I would like to thank Jill for her interview and for her dedication to the teaching profession. …when you forget where […]

A Message of Hope For All Those Stressed-out Teachers


The other day I felt that familiar hot streak of panic rush through my chest as I stared down a mound of ungraded assignments, as a slew of unanswered emails festered in my inbox, as the guidance department requested a meeting for that “special” student. To all those stressed-out teachers… I feel you. Make no mistake, […]

What’s the point of school?


As I was packing up my desk on the last day before winter break a former student knocked on my classroom door. “Mr. Armstrong!” “M!” For the next few minutes, M and I did the former teacher/student small talk thing. After we covered such topics as about the weirdness of walking down the old high […]