Category: Simple Strategies

Most veteran and new teachers alike can tell you the secret to teaching Gen Z. It's intuitive, but it does take some effort on our part.

The Secret To Teaching Gen Z Is Timeless

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Four weeks ago, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. The week after was all about research. Then, I addressed creating a sense of urgency surrounding assignments so that our students, well, do them. Last

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It’s so frustrating to give our students feedback and then see no follow-through. Often, they’re not dismissing us on purpose—they’re simply not paying attention. Gen Z has learned this little trick for their own sanity. They are bombarded by so much on a daily basis. Click through to find out how to offer feedback they’re likely to remember, and don’t forget to download the free cheat sheet!

How to Give Gen Z Meaningful Feedback

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Three weeks ago, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. The week before was all about research. Last week, I addressed creating a sense of urgency surrounding assignments so that our students, well,

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Do you struggle to make students understand that Googling is not research? Me, too. I have a method to teach students research in small bites and at the end, they are published website authors! Click through to get my step-by-step instructions for how I implement it, video tutorial for Easy Bib, and cheat sheet for building a Google Site!

How To Make Research Meaningful and Accessible

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Last week, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. This week is all about research. In the introduction to this series, I identified five traits they collectively share (give or take): 1.

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Do you ever find yourself struggling to reach your students? I know I do! Here I'm discussing how I have started tweaking my lectures to make them more accessible to Generation Z. Click through to find out what I do!

How To Spin The Old-Fashioned Lecture for Micro Attention Spans

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. In the introduction to this series, I identified five traits they collectively share (give or take): 1. They have smaller attention spans than previous generations.2. There’s a lot of “noise” in their lives.

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As teachers, even if we swore we wouldn't, we sometimes find ourselves saying, "Kids these days!" And with good reason. Generations change, and more rapidly than ever before with rapid technological shifts. Check out this introduction to a new series on reaching the latest generation--Gen Z. Click through, my fellow educators, and we'll strategize together.

The Next Challenge in Education: Teaching Gen Z

Every year since 2015, I’ve done a spring series that counts down to summer. Last year, I discussed Simple Spring Engagement Tips. Before that, I did Spring Tech Tips. In 2016, I did Google Classroom Hacks, and way, way back in the balmy days of 2015, we all learned about some Spring Survival Tips together.

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Interactive Student Notebooks are not just for lower grades. They are extremely beneficial for high school students if we implement them mindfully. They are valuable organizational tools and provide tangible visual learning opportunities. Click through for frequently asked questions and answers about using ISNs in the high school classroom.

Why Use Interactive Notebooks in High School?

Most high school teachers have strong opinions about Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs). They either love them or hate them. They see the benefit of using them or they see them as too juvenile and a time drain. Students are the same. When first trying to implement them a few years ago, I heard the common

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Are you still taking late work? You're working harder than you have to. Click through to learn about this simple method for NOT taking late work and still giving students a second chance.

Solving The Late Work Problem

“A student slaves from dusk till dawn, but a teacher’s work is never done.” Okay, I made that one up, but it sounds good…right? Our society counts “busy” as a virtue. And teachers are busy. So working in a classroom must put us all up front for those shiny halos. We teachers work hard, and

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Teachers sometimes can't avoid teaching using lecture or assigned readings in ELA or social studies classrooms, but class can still be engaging for students. This blog post shares three simple ways to encourage active learning. High school students will appreciate these activities that are hands-on and authentic! Click through to read the full post.

Three Simple Ways to Encourage Active Learning

In the ELA and social studies classroom, sometimes we simply must lecture or, heaven forbid, assign readings. I used to assign readings, my students would do them, and we’d have a class discussion. When I’d lecture, the students were genuinely interested in the stories I told (or did I imagine these things?). I’ve either become

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