Teacher Secrets 11

Color drawing of Cinderella scene, with Cinderella staring at her fairy godmother, who's appeared via fireplace.

Cinderella image from Project Gutenberg via Wikimedia Commons. This image is public domain in the United States.

Dear parents, administrators, school board members, and the community at large:

I know you would like to see “teaching magic.”

But what you think of as “magic” is always, ALWAYS either:

  • Working through a series of meaningfully arranged yet decidedly mundane and non-magical steps. You may have heard these referred to as “classwork” and “lessons.”
  • A cheap trick.

The first is unimpressive in the case of a single observation, but it gets results. The second looks flashier but is effectively smoke and mirrors.

You have to decide which one you really want.

I’ll be waiting over here and grading papers,


I'm here. I like stuff. Some other stuff, I like less.

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