Articles for Teachers
Prof. Joe has written more than 150 articles for more than a dozen
print and on-line publications, including Teachers.net, Empower Magazine,
IMDiversity.com, and Student Leader Magazine. Here are some of his most
requested articles for new teachers, including some from a few of his friends. Enjoy!
by Professor Joe Martin
It was the middle of the school year, and I was going through a rough
stretch when it seemed like nothing I tried was working with one particular class I
taught. I must note that although I wasn’t a beginning teacher, I was still
considered a new teacher with less than three years experience.
myself complaining to a colleague who always seemed to possess a positive attitude no
matter what the circumstances. I told him that I felt very uncomfortable about the
progress of my class, and many of them seemed to be lacking the necessary basic skills
to master the subject matter.
He proceeded to share a simple philosophy that
has transformed, not only my teaching career, but my personal life as well. He suggested
that having a challenging class like the one I had was a blessing more so than a burden.
He asked me, “Has this class made you more or less creative?”
course, I said, “more.” He asked, “Has this class caused you to be
more or less resourceful?” Again, I replied, “more.” He continued,
“Has this class led you to pray more or less?” And of course, I laughed and
said, “more.” And then he made his point.
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