Know Your Terms: Code Switching
News flash: Correcting nonstandard dialects doesn’t really help students learn to speak or write in formal English. So should teachers just let kids talk (and write) how they want?
Mind’s Eye: A Pre-Reading Strategy
Some texts are just hard for students to get into. The Mind’s Eye strategy tackles that problem head on: It grabs students’ attention before they ever read a single word and creates a mystery that can only be solved by reading the text.
Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?
“Last week, my son brought home a stack of papers from his first-grade class. Some of them had obvious spelling errors, but no one had marked them wrong. What’s the deal? Why don’t teachers seem to care about spelling anymore?”
Shmoop: Online Learning with Attitude
We hear the phrase “online learning” so often, it’s become a little like white noise. After a while, all the providers become one big blur. But one digital learning platform is doing things a little differently: a quirky, smart, abundant little corner of the web called Shmoop.
Best PD Ever: Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars
I don’t usually hear teachers gush about how much they loved a PD. Something about Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars has this effect on people.
Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes
Do you have a mountain of student writing to grade? A pile of extended responses that have been sitting in your passenger seat for a week? Do you wish you had more time to give students better feedback?
Book Review: The Best-Kept Teaching Secret
Things have gotten awfully complicated and contentious in education lately. This friendly, easy-to-read book offers something we’re all looking for these days: simple ideas with big impact.