Category: Simple Strategies

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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Are you ready for my second-to-last spring survival tip for teachers? Here it is: Don't teach; facilitate. Students are done at this point in the year, being so close to summertime. Don't fight the battle of trying to teach new content, even if it's a short 10-minute lecture. Instead, facilitate interactive activities that engage students. Read more in this post.

Spring Survival Tip #2: Don’t Teach–Facilitate

I’m (thankfully) almost through counting down to summer break with my Spring Survival Tips. If you’re just finding this, be sure to go back and check out my other Spring Survival tips–9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3. These last two weeks drag on forever and ever. And ever. And today, I did something

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Looking for another spring survival tip? I've got #3 here for you! This tip is all about three methods for calming the chaos at the end of the year: humor, music, and keeping students busy with meaningful work. Read all of the details inside this blog post!

Spring Survival Tip #3: Calming the Chaos

  I’ve linked up with some great secondary teachers to discuss how we “calm the chaos” here at the end of the school year. Thanks to 2 Peas and a Dog for hosting! The end of any school year (whether it’s elementary, middle, or high school) can be characterized by one word–CHAOS. The weather is

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I'm coming at you with spring survival tip #4, which is all about keeping grades front and center. If you work with secondary students, like I do, then this is especially important, because students don't want to have to take courses again. So, I'm sharing my best AND easiest tips on grading at the end of the year and for making students away of their grades in your class. Click through to read!

Spring Survival Tip #4: Make Grades the Star

Three more Mondays and nineteen more days to go until eight weeks of summer bliss. My students are counting down, I’m counting down, and I’m sure you’re counting down. I started my Spring Survival tips series with nine weeks to go. You can catch up on them here–#9, #8, #7, #6, and #5.Today was particularly

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