Stop listening to this terrible teaching advice

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Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
Stop listening to this terrible teaching advice

I've heard some pretty bad teaching advice throughout my years of teaching, but there's one piece of advice that I absolutely can't stand. If you're giving in and listening to this terrible piece of teaching advice, it's not too late to stop! Tune in to learn more.


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Hey everyone, it's Nicole Sanders here, your host for Let's Chat Teaching. Today, I want to dive into a topic that's close to my heart and one that I've encountered far too often throughout my years in education – terrible teacher advice.

You know, over the course of my teaching career, I've received my fair share of advice, some of which has been incredibly helpful, while others... not so much. And before we get into it, I'd love to hear from you. What's the worst teaching advice you've ever received? Shoot me a DM on Instagram at Apple Tree Resources and let's swap stories.

Now, let me tell you about this one piece of advice that just keeps cropping up – the idea that letting students have free reign with their cell phones in the classroom is somehow easier for us teachers. I've heard it time and time again, and let me tell you, it's absolutely terrible teaching advice.

Sure, it might seem convenient at the moment to avoid the battle with students and their parents over cell phone use. But let's be real here – it's doing a disservice to our students and their learning environment. And trust me, I speak from experience.

From middle school to junior high, I've seen firsthand how cell phones can disrupt the flow of a lesson and negatively impact student engagement. That's why I've adopted a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cell phone use in my classroom.

I know, I know, it's not the most popular stance to take. Students often grumble and complain about it, and I've even earned myself the title of "that teacher" in some circles. But you know what? I stand by my policy because I've seen the positive impact it has on my students' focus and well-being.

By creating a classroom environment free from the distractions of cell phones, I'm not just teaching my students about academic subjects – I'm teaching them valuable life skills, like how to manage their time and prioritize their mental health.

So, whether you agree with me or not, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the advice you've received throughout your teaching journey. Not all advice is created equal, and it's up to us to critically evaluate what's best for our students and our classrooms.

If you want to hear more about my thoughts on terrible teacher advice and join the discussion, be sure to tune in to the full episode of Let's Chat Teaching. And don't forget to share your own experiences with me over on Instagram.

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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