Month: May 2015

Memorial Day is a time of reflection on the military personnel who have lost their lives in service to our country. War is a terrible thing that causes a great deal of destruction and grief, but veterans are regular people who deserve to be honored for their commitment to serving our country so that we all have the freedoms we enjoy. Read my brief stories that I learned in interviewing WWII and Vietnam veterans and how my school connects our students with veterans so they can learn more.

Memorial Day–A Time to Reflect

My great-great-great grandfather fought in the Civil War, for a cause that I’m not particularly proud of. My great-great Uncle Fred fought in WWI. That one was a game changer, and apparently, he was never the same after. One of my grandfathers fought in WWII, and the other, “4 F on account of his ear”

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On this, the very last week of school before summer vacation, there's one thing you need to keep in mind: Just know you're not alone. Every teacher deals with squirrely students who are done with school and ready for summer. I'm giving three tips for how I remind myself I'm not alone, so click through to read them inside.

Spring Survival Tip #1: Just Know You’re Not Alone

This is officially the last Monday of the 2014-2015 school year for me. Four more days, a week of post planning, and then summer break–glorious summer break. But what do you do with that last week? The students have checked out, and the administration has sent a “friendly reminder” warning us away from movies. Sure,

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Are you ready for my second-to-last spring survival tip for teachers? Here it is: Don't teach; facilitate. Students are done at this point in the year, being so close to summertime. Don't fight the battle of trying to teach new content, even if it's a short 10-minute lecture. Instead, facilitate interactive activities that engage students. Read more in this post.

Spring Survival Tip #2: Don’t Teach–Facilitate

I’m (thankfully) almost through counting down to summer break with my Spring Survival Tips. If you’re just finding this, be sure to go back and check out my other Spring Survival tips–9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3. These last two weeks drag on forever and ever. And ever. And today, I did something

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Looking for another spring survival tip? I've got #3 here for you! This tip is all about three methods for calming the chaos at the end of the year: humor, music, and keeping students busy with meaningful work. Read all of the details inside this blog post!

Spring Survival Tip #3: Calming the Chaos

  I’ve linked up with some great secondary teachers to discuss how we “calm the chaos” here at the end of the school year. Thanks to 2 Peas and a Dog for hosting! The end of any school year (whether it’s elementary, middle, or high school) can be characterized by one word–CHAOS. The weather is

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