Master Teaching

a blog for teachers who follow the Master Teacher

Deciding on Destinations

It’s time for step 3 toward professional development. This week, you and your mentor have a chance to write outcomes or essential questions that take you toward the benchmarks you identified last week. Then, what’s the final destination?

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Identifying Starting Points

It’s week 2 of stepping toward professional development. You and your mentor have a chance to identify your starting point by looking at some benchmarks for teachers. And so the journey begins.

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stepping toward Professional Development

For the next 7 weeks here on Master Teaching, we’re taking steps toward professional development by completing tasks with a mentor. This week, identify and invite a mentor. Then, come back with your mentor next week for step 2.

September 20, 2017 · 3 Comments

A Teacher Support Group

Have you ever participated in a teacher support group? Melissa shares some of the gains from participating in a Teachers English Corner with her colleagues.

May 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Potato Perspective

We continue to assess our attitudes and behavior toward the ignored and forgotten. This readers’ favorite offers one perspective on our fourth essential question: How do the ignored and forgotten bless me?

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Equity vs. Equality

We’re still assessing our attitudes and actions toward the ignored and forgotten. This readers’ favorite helps to answer our third essential question: How can I bless the ignored and forgotten?

March 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Learner Ownership

Who’s responsible for meeting learners’ needs? You or your students? The last of our trends in education encourages student responsibility in the learning process.

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment


The down and dirty of Growth Mindset’s effort, Grit is described as passion + perseverance. How can we cultivate it in our students and ourselves?

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Growth Mindset

On the way to benchmarks, sometimes students get “stuck” because of a fixed mindset. How can we, instead, encourage a growth mindset? How can we cultivate our own?

December 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

Equity vs. Equality

Is there a way for all students, no matter their various starting points, to reach benchmarks. Melissa answers the question by sharing what she’s learned recently about equity.

November 30, 2016 · 2 Comments


This post begins our new series on Trends in Education. Join us every week for the next six. Read, respond, and try it out, starting this week with ultimate goals and their smaller steps.

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Log in my Eye

As we move into the last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, Melissa shares her struggles with the words, “Do not judge.”

November 2, 2016 · 1 Comment



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