Early in my career, I got upset and disappointed when students made mistakes in class. I couldn’t understand why they weren’t understanding when I was teaching everything so clearly and putting so much time into scaffolding my lessons. As a new teacher, I worked hard to deliver concise lessons at the front of the room, and I became resentful when students asked questions or did not understand.

My attitude was exacerbated by the fact that there are some students who process information easily and master new ideas quickly, while other students struggle to grasp the same material. I assumed many children...

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  • About the Author:

    Raymond Steinmetz teaches seventh-grade math at Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island. He and his colleagues can be found blogging about blended learning in the classroom at BlendedLearningMath.com and BlendedLearningELA.com. Follow him on Twitter @blended_math.