The Motivated Teacher

Michael Todd Clinton


I like to look at the end of the school year like the bottom of the 9th in a baseball game, and we as teachers are on the winning team. Why do I say winning? Isn’t it obvious? It is the end of the school year.  I use baseball analogies a lot because I am a baseball coach and because I like parables, it helps me relate. I am sorry […]

Continue Reading →

A Teacher/Coach Spring Break!

Yippie, Spring Break! This is my favorite time of the year. My spring break was two weeks ago, which it was still a little cold in Tennessee but none the less was a time for me to recoup, recover, and prepare for the last stretch of the school year. What spring break looks like for a baseball coach and a motivated teacher is this. Work on the field, practice, write, […]

Continue Reading →

All Teachers Should Understand ADHD

This blog took me a little longer to write than most, not because I got OFF TASK or anything, but because I am so passionate about teaching and learning about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I want to make sure I get the right points across to my readers since one of my goals with the MOTIVATED TEACHER blog is to bring awareness to disabilities that our students may have, […]

Continue Reading →


Why would every school not have a TWEET Box! Wait, what is a tweet box?  A tweet box is simply a box that students in your school can let their voice be heard. We give our students prompts on the posters above, but really I get excited about anything they are willing to take the time to write. We always have a #TweetTuesday writing assignment on Wednesday. Just kidding it […]

Continue Reading →

It all goes back to relationships!

    Relationships are the essential element in our schools. The old adage, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” is true especially in today’s society when kids are used to so much choice in their world. Also, in today’s busy world, it’s important for teachers and school staff to make positive connections with students. We must be intentional and taking time with […]

Continue Reading →

A Teacher Challenge?

The Teacher’s Challenge CHALLENGES:  Lately I have heard a lot of talk about different challenges people are partaking in. My sister and brother-in-law are doing some 21 day challenge which includes no alcohol, coffee, and limited carbs. One of my best friends is doing a challenge where you drink a green shake a day for 30 days. YUK!  And myself, I am doing some different minimalist challenges to try to […]

Continue Reading →

Teaching Styles: In a SPED Behavior Classroom

  When I think of one word that should describe the teaching styles used in a BEHAVIOR classroom I think of DIFFERENT. Different should be what the teacher does to accommodate to students specific learning styles. It is the teacher’s job to educate to and better relate to high risk students; if you are not willing to do this DO NOT TEACH in a BEHAVIOR CLASSROOM. I am going to […]

Continue Reading →

My students just posted their new YouTube video. This video is our version of the Andy Challenge. I guess this is popular in schools right now, or at least thats what they are telling me. Was fun please watch and subscribe so that my students can reach their goal of getting a shout out from the actual guys on DudePerfect. Enjoy click link to open: Andy Challenge

School Perfect-Andy Challenge