Posts by Jennifer
When You Get Nothing But Crickets
The reasons your students (or audience members) aren’t participating the way you want them to, and some new things you can try to get a better response.
A Few Ideas for Dealing with Late Work
The problem of late work never seems to go away. Teachers use these eight smart solutions to manage it with their students.
Think Twice Before Doing Another Historical Simulation
Historical simulations can be powerful for teaching, but when it comes to traumatic or violent periods, like slavery, there really isn’t a good way to do them.
A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources
OERs have gotten really good over the last few years, and they’re totally free, but in order to steer clear of the crap, you have to know where to look.
Four Research-Based Strategies Every Teacher Should be Using
Learn the simple, quick strategies cognitive scientists say can boost student learning in any classroom.
Is That Higher-Order Task Really Higher Order?
Ask any group of teachers if their goal is to simply have students regurgitate facts, and every one of them will say no. Despite that, it keeps happening.
How One District Learned to Talk About Race
When you’ve done lots of diversity training, but something is still missing, it might be that people still aren’t comfortable having honest conversations about race.
“We’re a Family” and Other School Norms that Can Cause Burnout
Is it a reflection of a warm school culture, or a subtle way to get teachers to work even harder? If you suspect it’s the latter, it’s time to push back.