Posts by Jennifer
The Fisheye Syndrome: Is Every Student Really Participating?
To those afflicted with Fisheye, some students appear “larger” than others, grabbing more of our attention and making the others fade into the periphery.
The Cure for Bad PowerPoint: A Review of Presentation Zen
You probably think your PowerPoints are pretty good. I definitely thought mine were. But after skimming a few pages of Presentation Zen, I knew my slides were about to change forever.
Why One Teacher Left the Profession After 5 Years
What makes teachers leave? Episode 2 is an interview with Carrie, who taught for over 5 years in various elementary schools before leaving teaching to pursue a different profession.
Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 1
Even if you’ve been teaching a while, you might still experience moments when all of your classroom management tools stop working. This one cheap, quick strategy, using a simple blank notebook, can help you regain control in under a minute.
Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers
Advice is available everywhere you look, and some of it is very good. But a lot of those tips won’t work if you fail to follow this one essential rule.
How to Play Crumple & Shoot
This high-energy, low-tech game can be used in any subject area, with almost any age. Perfect for a review.
Interview with an ESL Teacher
Kim talks about the complexities of teaching English-language learners and the well-intended mistake so many teachers make when working with this population.
Classroom Downtime: How Do You Make it Happen?
Are there more creative ways, besides movies, to keep kids minds engaged AND get a little time back for ourselves?