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How can you use technology to do stations in secondary education? Easy! This simple Station-Rotation model, which is very much like what is commonly use in elementary schools, is a great way to incorporate at least one digital station while getting your students moving and practicing different skills.

The Blended Classroom: A SIMPLE Station-Rotation Model

We’re mixing pen and paper with digital in our blended classrooms, and everything’s going great. At first (for me) it was just about throwing in some digital resources. The kids love it. It’s easy for me. But now that I’m getting a little more comfortable with it, I’m starting to experiment with different ways to

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Lectures are a traditional stand-by teaching method, especially in social studies. However, there are lots of ways to make class more interactive and engaging for students. I share five instructional methods I've started using in my classroom that make my teaching more interactive and that provide an alternative to lecturing.

5 Easy Alternatives to Lecture

I don’t know about you, but the new school year is in full swing, and things are crazy around here (stacks of papers to grade, keeping my son on track with his new homework load, planning for a new course, and cooking dinner, oh, my). But something has been at the forefront of my mind

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Looking for some books to read during your down time in the summer? I'm sharing a list of a few books I've read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and some of them will even make great choices for literature circles in some secondary classes, like sociology. Click through to get the whole list and read a brief synopsis of each recommended book!

Summer Hometown Tourist: Rain, Rain, What to Read?

It’s been a rainy week in Georgia, and the rain has foiled our plans. On Saturday (Happy July 4!) we were supposed to visit the historic Marietta Square for a parade, antiquing, and fireworks. But it was a no-go (thank you, rain). We’re going to go there this Thursday, weather permitting. We did grill (under

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Chapter 4 of Differentiation and the Brain is all about effectively utilizing pre-assessments and feedback. The authors of this book argue that grading pre-assessments and formative assessments isn't the right way to go, and they say the same about closed-ended questioning. What do they recommend instead? Click through to read a summary of the chapter and find out!

Differentiation and the Brain: Ch. 4, Assessment

I’m working on my craft (teaching) this summer by doing a book study with the Tools for Teaching Teens group. If you’re just joining us, you can hop on over to Ellie’s blog for ch.1, Brigid’s for ch. 2, and Brittany’s for ch. 3. You’ll find quite a bit of overlap between chapters 3 and

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As we continue on with our Summer Hometown Tourist agenda, we visit Stone Mountain! This natural wonder in Georgia has a dark history, but it makes for a fun - and history-filled - adventure for folks visiting the Atlanta area. Click through to read more about what all you can do when you visit Stone Mountain!

Summer Hometown Tourists: Stone Mountain Park

My family’s summer bridge activity continues with a natural wonder that is unique to Georgia. If you’re just joining me, we’ve also taken a tour of Oakland Cemetery, had an epic adventure on Bolton Road, and perused the Coke Museum. But no tourists worth their salt would dream of visiting Georgia without going to… Stone

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If you've been following along on my family's Summer Hometown Tourist agenda, then it's time you get caught up on our next touristy adventure - visiting the World of Coca-Cola! Click through to read more about what you can do and learn at the World of Coke, which is based in Atlanta.

Summer Hometown Tourists: World of Coke

  If you’re just joining me, you’ve hit week 3 of my family playing tourists in our hometown, Atlanta. You can read about our tour of Oakland Cemetery Here and our fiasco on Bolton Road Here. All caught up? Good! Now you’re ready to read about the most touristy thing anyone in Atlanta can do…. Visit

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Our Summer Hometown Tourist adventures are sailing right along, except with a few mishaps here and there. This week, we were supposed to go to a Civil War tour, but...I got lost. Read all about my misadventures and our long exploration of Bolton Road - and get a few good laughs - in this blog post!

Summer Hometown Tourists: Adventures on Bolton Road

Ah, Robert Burns, I know what you meant by “The best laid schemes!” On Saturday, my son and I were supposed to venture 15 minutes north of Atlanta, to the Marietta Square, to take a civil war walking tour. It turned into a tour of Bolton Road instead. Now, before I begin with the account

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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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