Category: Simple Strategies

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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Your students can use Pinterest in the classroom! Wait...come again? That's right! In this blog post, I explain an extra credit activity that I've created for my high school students where they can use Pinterest to further expand upon their learning on our in-class topics. Learn more about how I make this work for my students inside this post about how students use Pinterest in my classroom.

Pinterest in the Classroom–For Students

This week, I’m linking up with the Secondary Smorgasbord to talk about Pinterest in the classroom. Thanks to Darlene Anne Curren and Pamela Kranz for hosting! There are so many uses for Pinterest out there. I have a board for each subject that I teach and use them to plan units. I also have a

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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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