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?
When a Student Hates You
I share these stories because I suspect you have also had moments you’re not proud of, stories you’ve never told anyone; I want you to know you’re not alone.
How to Use the Concept Attainment Strategy
Instead of just delivering information to students, this fun approach helps them discover it on their own.
Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations.
Your new favorite teaching strategy: This pared-down version of learning stations keeps the movement, interactivity and variety while minimizing the prep work.
Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 2
Earlier this month, we looked at a simple way to use a notebook to settle an out-of-control classroom…or an out-of-control teacher. Now here’s part 2, where the notebook is elevated to a more systematic, proactive tool for recording student behavior.
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.
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.
Book Review: How to Talk So Kids Can Learn
If I could only choose one book to put into the hands of teachers, it would be this one. With specific instructions and clear examples, the authors walk us through the small, important changes we can make in the way we talk to students of all ages.