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Halloween Differentiation Words

Here is a big part of the motivation for the differentiation video. (And thanks to everybody who watched it. There will be more.) There was an article in Education Week last month by Mike Schmoker called When Pedagogic Fads Trump Priorities. The jist of the article is that there really is no evidence that differentiated instruction works. Period. He says of differentiated instruction, in part, In every case, it seemed to complicate teachers’ work, requiring them to procure and assemble multiple Read more [...]

Teachbad Differentiation Video

I was so inspired by the video somebody sent me last week that I had to try it myself. It’s official. Mr. Teachbad now has his own YouTube channel. Learn. Enjoy. Go forth and teach. Mr. Teachbad

I Was a Shittier Teacher This Week

Every so often I will get a little concerned that I may run out of things to write on this blog. I mean, how much could there be to say about the ludicrousness of teaching? But every time I think that, God sends me to a meeting, or sends me a memo, or sends one of my administrator-muses into my room. I had my first evaluations and debriefs in the last several days. The outside evaluator was quite friendly and more or less thought I was doing a pretty good job. She rated me an “effective” teacher. The Read more [...]

Teachbad Answers

Hello. It’s Mr Teachbad. A few days ago we began a new feature here at Teachbad Industries called Ask Mr. Teachbad. It’s an advice column for teachers. We have received many very good questions. This is the first installment of responses. But first, here are some things to note: 1) I will clearly not be able to respond to all questions; 2) Please send questions to with “advice” in the subject line rather than as a comment to a post; 3) All else equal, the shorter question will Read more [...]

NEW!!!: Ask Mr. Teachbad

Mr. Teachbad is attempting to capitalize on the long-standing tradition of the advice column. I am inspired most, of course, by Miss Manners. Then there was the dynamic duo of Dear Abby (now written by her daughter)and Ann Landers (they were sisters, don’tcha know?). In the modern age we have Dan Savage, Dear Prudence, Ask a Black Dude, and so many more. Since I don’t have an actual column, we will just do it here on the Teachbad Blog. Here’s how it works: You, the reader, submit to me a question Read more [...]

How Many Hours Should I Work?

I spend 26 hours per week in class, including monitoring and greeting during passing periods, and in mandatory meetings of the utmost importance. (First, let’s not minimize the physical and pychological toll it takes to be “on” that much, especially when your audience is captive and, for the most part, doesn’t really care about what you are saying.) I usually get to work about a half hour early…plus 2.5 hours per week. I work through lunch without eating 3 or 4 days per week…plus 3 hours per Read more [...]

Teacher Finally Apologizes: “Achievement Gap My Fault”

FAKE EDUCATION NEWS Indianapolis, IN Trent Jakob, eighth grade Earth sciences teacher, was surrounded by family and friends as he tearfully spoke to reporters this morning in front of the Andrew J. Brown Academy Middle School in Indianapolis, IN. After years of denial and excuses, Mr. Jakob finally admitted that the achievement gap was the work of none other but himself. A transcript of his remarks follows: I stand before you today, a broken man with a heavy heart. It is so heavy because it Read more [...]

Don’t Worry…We Have a Protocol For That

My school is very big on routines and protocols and has a general soul-crushing fetish with doing everything, and then more things, in the prescribed manner and documenting these things on the necessary forms to be logged in their proper places at the required times. (Don’t worry. It’s all for the children.) They appear to be doing nothing if not their best to squeeze any bit of joy and play there might still be lurking around the profession of teaching. The five meetings per week that I attend Read more [...]