Year: 2016

World history is my favorite "kid"--my favorite subject to teach. Through primary sources (and secondary sources), as well as through fiction, it can really open students' eyes to the way historians work and to the ways in which history is interpreted--both correctly and incorrectly. I share three ways in which I use sources and fiction to analyze in this post, and I'm confident that your students will have a more solid understanding of world history after trying these activities, too.

Approaching World History through Source Analysis and Fiction

This post originally appeared in the C.L.A.S.S. Newsletter in November of 2015 I know we’re not supposed to play favorites with the kids, but I can’t help it. I have six kids, but I most definitely have a favorite. Respectively, my kids are English I, English III, U.S. History, World History, Sociology, and Psychology.I love

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Sometimes we teach classes of students who are nice but distracted. They're not intentionally misbehaving or being rude, but they're jittery and chatty. One way I've decided to combat this issue is to implement a class contract. Another ways that's effective is to reward the positive behavior when it's displayed as an encouragement to get back on that path. What do you do with a distracted class?

Managing a Distracted Class

Last year, I had some of the most difficult students that I’ve ever taught. I wrote about it HERE. I got through it, and so did they. In order to do so, I had to target very specific, undesirable behaviors from individual students and approach it with behavior contracts. Believe me, I tried targeting positive behaviors

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Classroom management is a challenge in and of itself, and adding technology to the classroom just opens a whole new can of worms. I've compiled three tips that I've found useful, in terms of classroom management, when you have a blended classroom. These tips are simple and easy to implement, but they'll save you headaches and frustration when classroom management issues arise.

Three Tips For Managing Your Blended Class

One of the most difficult tasks for a teacher is classroom management. Picture the young teacher who can’t get a grasp on it and quits in frustration. Or worse–the veteran teacher who never got a grasp on it, but continued to teach anyway. Some people seem to have a knack for classroom management. Others have

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Blended learning is made easier with a new categorization feature in Google Classroom! Now when you create assignments in Google Classroom, you can categorize them by topic. Then, when students are searching for a topic, they'll be able to see all of the assignments--and only those assignments--for that topic! Making your life easier one feature at a time!

Help Students Stay Organized With The Google Classroom Stream

I’m writing all about blended classroom tips and tricks over the next few weeks–those really useful things I’ve “discovered” as I go hybrid (pen and paper blended with digital). So far, we’ve learned how to submit pen and paper work digitally with a Chromebook and how to take a poll in Google Classroom. I’m loving

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Look no further for a new way to poll your students using technology! Google Classroom provides an excellent polling tool that you can use quickly and efficiently. Plus, it sets up the opportunity for you to encourage a discussion reflecting the results--were they what students expected? Why or why not?

Poll Students with Google Classroom

Throughout this school year, as I discover things that I think are really cool or useful for the blended classroom (learn more about blended learning HERE), I’ll write all about them. They may be things everybody else already knows, but they are novel to me, so I’m pretty excited. Lewis and Clark wrote all about

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It's totally possible to still have your students complete pen-and-paper assignments while simultaneously using technology. If you use Chromebooks at your school, then this is a tutorial I've created for you to have your students turn in their written assignments to Google Classroom using a Chromebook. It's not as challenging as you might think, although it seems tricky at first!

Submitting Pen and Paper Work Digitally With a Chromebook

I’ve been back at school for over a month now, and we have officially gone 1:1. Each one of my students has her own Chromebook. No more fighting over technology carts on my hall. No more changing plans at the last second because the technology cart must be used for a “higher” purpose. It is

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Especially for newer teachers, creating a positive classroom culture is a challenge, no matter the environment. However, it can be done with hard work and perseverance in building a positive classroom community. Read more about how I mold my classroom environment into a positive one and what I learned from an exhausting and difficult experience walking into an out-of-control classroom my first year.

Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

The first half year I taught, I did not smile. I did not suffer excuses. I frequently wrote students up. Granted, I walked into a unique situation. I’ve written about it before, so I won’t go into detail here, but suffice it to say that I took over classes mid-year in a troubled urban school

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What have you taught your students about digital citizenship? There's a lot of groundwork that needs to be laid before we can jump right into a 1:1 classroom. Teachers can't assume that students know about copyright laws and plagiarism, and they also can't assume that students have been taught how to use the Internet safely. This post will help you get your classroom ready for 1:1 technology integration by giving you tips for teaching these important concepts.

1:1 Ready: Teaching Digital Citizens

As teachers, most of us have more content than we can possibly teach well, let alone cover, in the time allotted to us.   Time has always been our enemy, but now we see 1:1 on the horizon, and a blended classroom promises to alleviate much of that stress. It is easier to flip, differentiate,

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