Year: 2018

Technology in the classroom can be a huge help -- and sometimes it can be a burden. To enhance learning and really help students comprehend, this blog post shares 10 simple tech tools that will get the job done. Click through to read about all of the tech tools!

10 Simple Tech Tools to Take Learning to the Next Level

Technology can be an amazing tool in the classroom. But I think we need to be mindful when implementing it. Standards and content should always come first. If technology offers us a way to better teach the content, then we should use it. If it doesn’t, then we should leave it. We should be careful

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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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Debates can be a really effective instructional tool in the secondary classroom, but they have to be very structured in order to be really effective. In this blog post, I'm sharing detailed information for how to implement structured debate in the classroom. Click through to get these teaching tips!

Structured Debate in The Classroom

This post is also featured on the TPT Blog. I have to admit that in the past, I haven’t been very good at implementing debate in the classroom. I get the idea in theory, but it always seemed to degenerate into a string of unsupported opinions and logical fallacies. I see that everyday in my

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Current events have an important place in social studies instruction because they're great for comparing to historical events. This blog post shares five ways to bring current events into your classroom - and they're easy! Click through to read more.

5 Ways to Bring Current Events into Your Classroom

Every Teacher New Year, I have a classroom resolution. The first year I taught it was to survive. The second year, it was to make it another year. I don’t remember what it was the third year, but I do remember being confident enough my fifth year to make the resolution something about pedagogy, even

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Back to school season always sneaks up on us teachers, but we CAN prepare for it by thinking ahead! In this blog post, I'm sharing three ways to make back to school better, including classroom setup, planning for substitute teachers, and creating student avatars. Click through to read the full post!

Three Ways to Make Back to School Better

I don’t want to say it. I mean, I really don’t want to say it. Saying it somehow makes it true, and as much as I love my job, I have to confess that I don’t want it to be. I want to keep staying up late and sleeping later. I want to keep not

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You've made it to the last week of school, but you're seriously burned out. What to do?! Read this blog post, of course - it rounds up 10 activities that are perfect for secondary grades during the last week of school! We're all tired at the end of the year, so these activities will help you and your high school students stay sane. Read more here!

10 Activities for the Last Week of School

We’re finally in the last week of school–that long-awaited moment in time that feels more like an eternity. Some classes have exams the final week, and others do not. So here, in this final post before summer break, I want to discuss ways to keep students engaged (and yourself sane) whether your course has a

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Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!

How to Differentiate with AutoMastery

I’ve been counting down to summer break with simple spring engagement tips. It’s hard to believe that there are only two weeks left in the 2017-2018 school year, but our goal is to finish strong (even though most of us [ahem…me] aren’t feeling strong). In the words of one of my former admins, “We need

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At the end of the year, teachers usually need some new ideas to freshen things up in the classroom. This blog post walks you through how to create a classroom simulation, which is a great activity for high school social studies classes. Click through to learn more about implementing class simulations in your secondary classroom!

Create a Classroom Simulation in Four Steps

We are now FOUR weeks away from summer vacation. I find myself tired, irritable, and all around unpleasant. My students obviously feel the same way. They were super angry the other day when I had them for three hours (during end of course testing) and decided to have class as usual. They said we needed

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Every secondary teacher looks for ways to avoid lecture, and this speed drawing activity is a great replacement! Break your lesson up into centers and set out reading and butcher block paper at each one. Students rotate from center to center to read and speed draw! Click through to learn more about this high school social studies activity.

Get Students Moving with Speed Drawing

I’m still here, counting down to summer break with Simple Spring Engagement Tips. Last week, I talked about a crazy easy way to get students excited about the humble discussion. This week, I’m linking up with an amazing group of teachers to talk about something that, even though it is effective (especially in the heady

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