Category: Simple Strategies

We teach it, but do our students learn it? Probably not without our assistance. “Go forth and study” means very little to students. Click through to see five quick and easy strategies I use to foster learning in my classroom.

Five Quick and Easy Teaching Strategies to Foster Learning

We’ve all had this conversation: “You didn’t teach that,” says the student. “I taught that last Tuesday,” says the teacher. This happens to me with every unit. I did teach it. The problem is, the student didn’t learn it. And it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because I teach content-heavy courses and there is so little time.

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Bellringers, warm-ups, do-nows…whatever you call them, they’re not just a classroom management tactic. Click through to find out three ways I make the most of these five-minute gems in my classroom.

Three Ways to Make the Most of Your Bellringers

Bellringers, Do-Nows, Warm-Ups…whatever you call them, don’t skip them. Used correctly, they can set the tone for your entire class. These five minute intro activities are traditionally used to get students focused and to give us time to take attendance, check homework, and various other administrative tasks. When I first started teaching, I scrambled each

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Most veteran and new teachers alike can tell you the secret to teaching Gen Z. It's intuitive, but it does take some effort on our part.

The Secret To Teaching Gen Z Is Timeless

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Four weeks ago, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. The week after was all about research. Then, I addressed creating a sense of urgency surrounding assignments so that our students, well, do them. Last

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It’s so frustrating to give our students feedback and then see no follow-through. Often, they’re not dismissing us on purpose—they’re simply not paying attention. Gen Z has learned this little trick for their own sanity. They are bombarded by so much on a daily basis. Click through to find out how to offer feedback they’re likely to remember, and don’t forget to download the free cheat sheet!

How to Give Gen Z Meaningful Feedback

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Three weeks ago, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. The week before was all about research. Last week, I addressed creating a sense of urgency surrounding assignments so that our students, well,

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Do you struggle to make students understand that Googling is not research? Me, too. I have a method to teach students research in small bites and at the end, they are published website authors! Click through to get my step-by-step instructions for how I implement it, video tutorial for Easy Bib, and cheat sheet for building a Google Site!

How To Make Research Meaningful and Accessible

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. Last week, I discussed how I make lecture work for them. This week is all about research. In the introduction to this series, I identified five traits they collectively share (give or take): 1.

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Do you ever find yourself struggling to reach your students? I know I do! Here I'm discussing how I have started tweaking my lectures to make them more accessible to Generation Z. Click through to find out what I do!

How To Spin The Old-Fashioned Lecture for Micro Attention Spans

My count-down to summer series this year is all about teaching those unfamiliar beings in our classrooms popularly referred to as Generation Z. In the introduction to this series, I identified five traits they collectively share (give or take): 1. They have smaller attention spans than previous generations.2. There’s a lot of “noise” in their lives.

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As teachers, even if we swore we wouldn't, we sometimes find ourselves saying, "Kids these days!" And with good reason. Generations change, and more rapidly than ever before with rapid technological shifts. Check out this introduction to a new series on reaching the latest generation--Gen Z. Click through, my fellow educators, and we'll strategize together.

The Next Challenge in Education: Teaching Gen Z

Every year since 2015, I’ve done a spring series that counts down to summer. Last year, I discussed Simple Spring Engagement Tips. Before that, I did Spring Tech Tips. In 2016, I did Google Classroom Hacks, and way, way back in the balmy days of 2015, we all learned about some Spring Survival Tips together.

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Interactive Student Notebooks are not just for lower grades. They are extremely beneficial for high school students if we implement them mindfully. They are valuable organizational tools and provide tangible visual learning opportunities. Click through for frequently asked questions and answers about using ISNs in the high school classroom.

Why Use Interactive Notebooks in High School?

Most high school teachers have strong opinions about Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs). They either love them or hate them. They see the benefit of using them or they see them as too juvenile and a time drain. Students are the same. When first trying to implement them a few years ago, I heard the common

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