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How can you use technology to do stations in secondary education? Easy! This simple Station-Rotation model, which is very much like what is commonly use in elementary schools, is a great way to incorporate at least one digital station while getting your students moving and practicing different skills.

The Blended Classroom: A SIMPLE Station-Rotation Model

We’re mixing pen and paper with digital in our blended classrooms, and everything’s going great. At first (for me) it was just about throwing in some digital resources. The kids love it. It’s easy for me. But now that I’m getting a little more comfortable with it, I’m starting to experiment with different ways to

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Lectures are a traditional stand-by teaching method, especially in social studies. However, there are lots of ways to make class more interactive and engaging for students. I share five instructional methods I've started using in my classroom that make my teaching more interactive and that provide an alternative to lecturing.

5 Easy Alternatives to Lecture

I don’t know about you, but the new school year is in full swing, and things are crazy around here (stacks of papers to grade, keeping my son on track with his new homework load, planning for a new course, and cooking dinner, oh, my). But something has been at the forefront of my mind

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I'm coming at you with spring survival tip #4, which is all about keeping grades front and center. If you work with secondary students, like I do, then this is especially important, because students don't want to have to take courses again. So, I'm sharing my best AND easiest tips on grading at the end of the year and for making students away of their grades in your class. Click through to read!

Spring Survival Tip #4: Make Grades the Star

Three more Mondays and nineteen more days to go until eight weeks of summer bliss. My students are counting down, I’m counting down, and I’m sure you’re counting down. I started my Spring Survival tips series with nine weeks to go. You can catch up on them here–#9, #8, #7, #6, and #5.Today was particularly

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Have you heard of a gallery walk? That's my fifth spring survival tip! Have your students help you post information around the classroom, and then have your students rotate from one poster, chart paper, or trifold to the next. It gets them moving and keeps them engaged, so click through to learn more about it.

Spring Survival Tip #5: Have a Gallery Walk

  These last few weeks of school are brutal–for us and the students. They don’t want to be there, and we don’t want to fight for their attention. If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, you know I’ve been counting down to summer break with spring survival tips. If you haven’t,

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When it comes down to it, a lot of instructional time is lost to standardized testing, snow days, assemblies, and all sorts of other events. How do we fit in all the curriculum? How do we know what really matters? I'm sharing the three things that really matter to me and my students' instruction in this post, and I hope those three ideas inspire you, too.

What Really Matters

I was, oh, so young 13 years ago when I first started teaching–I didn’t realize how young. My parents would be quick to say that I still don’t realize how young I am. But my son–he thinks I’m old. So do my students. So, when I first started teaching, I was going to change to

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What's my seventh spring survival tip for teachers? I'm suggesting you give in and go outside! Your students will thank you, and there are SO MANY ways you can conduct low-tech but highly relevant lessons that cover social studies, English language arts, and more. Click through to read my suggestions!

Spring Survival Tip #7: Give In And Go Outside

I’m linking up with the fantastic teachers at Secondary Smorgasbord for this post! Seven more weeks (and counting) until that glorious time of year called summer break is upon us. Next week is my school system’s Spring Break, so the excitement is palpable. And (minus this morning’s torrential downpour) the weather is seductive. If you’ve

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Ready for spring survival tip #8 for teachers? This time, I'm suggesting that you ditch the textbook - if you can. If your school has access to iPads, Chromebooks, or computers, then utilize those! It's easy to make a blended classroom environment, and your students will appreciate the change. Click through to get more ideas, including how to make QR codes!

Spring Survival Tip #8: Ditch Those Textbooks

Here in Georgia, we have eight weeks to go until summer break. Eight. Weeks. In other words–an eternity. A text came from our principal this morning after first block, “Watch out for dress code violations!” Tempers and attention spans shorten right along with hem lines, and if you’re anything like me, this is the most

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Here's the first of my spring survival tip series, with nine weeks to go until school is out for the summer: Use Kahoot in your classroom! Your students will find it highly engaging, and it's an interactive and fun way for them to learn at the end of the year. Click through to read more!

Spring Survival Tip #9: Use Kahoot in the Classroom

The frost has thawed, the snow has melted, and the stinky pear trees are blooming. The sun’s out longer, and the students’ attention is shorter–way shorter. “‘Tis the season we must outlast them,” a former principal of mine would begin to chant. They look sweet, but don’t get too close! The first sign of trouble

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History is more than war and politics - but many kids might not realize it. This is why I encourage the use of primary source analysis when teaching history, to help kids understand the cultural, religion, and social aspects of an era. Click through to read more about my ideas on this topic.

History Happens Everyday

As a history and English teacher, I love integrating the two subjects whenever possible. As an undergraduate, I double-majored in both. I’ve always loved reading and writing. Stories make the world go round. I love grammar and language (hard to believe that anyone can, but I do, and I know I’m not alone). But the

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