Icebreakers that Rock
Too many icebreakers require students to take massive social risks with people they barely know. Or they don’t really help students get to know each other. Or they are just plain cheesy.
Here are three that are actually good.
3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive
Google “culturally responsive teaching” and you can find a dozen videos of well-meaning teachers leading some call-and-response chant about exponents or rapping about the Boston Tea Party while students sit back and giggle.
7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area
It’s not all that complicated, and it doesn’t have to be time-consuming, either. You don’t need an English degree to get really good at helping students build writing proficiency in your content area.
Could You Teach Without Grades?
There’s a new movement of teachers who are giving up traditional grading and finding different ways to measure student learning. Starr Sackstein is at the front of the pack, and in a new podcast episode, she tells me how it all works.
Meet the Single Point Rubric
The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. Try one for yourself and let us see it!
In Praise of Think-Pair-Share
Celebrating Think-Pair-Share, the Little Strategy That Could, and sharing some best practices for making it work for you.
Are You Really Connecting with Your Students?
James Sturtevant’s book, You’ve Gotta Connect, is full of practical, actionable advice and tools to strengthen the quality of your connection with students.
Should You Give Timed Math Tests?
A homeschooling mom gives her son timed math tests, but they cause him some anxiety. Should she stop? What does the research say about timed math tests?