Year: 2018

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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