Month: March 2015

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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