What my students want to read in 2017! (and some of my suggestions too). Enjoy on this wonderful #familyliteracyday:)
Do you dread homework time? Join the club. What does the research say about homework, and why have innovative countries like Finland abandoned the practice?
I looooove reality tv. I know, I know – it’s killing my brain cells, but I can’t help it. The raw emotion, uncomfortable situations and outlandish experiences created by our friends in the entertainment industry are just too compelling to resist on a snowy winter weekend snuggled at camp where we have limited channels. It’s… Continue reading What if God were one of us? Become an ‘Undercover Boss’ in your classroom
What is the #oneword2017 that will define your teaching practice for the coming year? Read about mine: balance. And join the conversation at #oneword2017.
I’ve attended approximately 90 professional development days in my career as a teacher to date, but can honestly say that only 5 of them have had a positive, lasting effect on my practice. You don’t have to be a mathematician to see that those odds aren’t good. Some have been memorable for other reasons…..like the time one of… Continue reading Why Teacher PD Should be Genius Time
The best part about being a teacher is learning something new: an idea, activity or assignment that can connect, engage and inspire students. And in the words of Steve Jobs, I’m “all about stealing good ideas”. To be complacent is to be left behind in this profession, so I’m always looking for the next big thing.… Continue reading Genius Time and the birth of Interdisciplinary Culminating Activities at L.D.S.S.
I laid into one of my senior level academic English classes this morning on the topic of student responsibility. They deserved it. After two weeks of walking them through the five steps of the essay writing process (as a review I may add), posting exemplars and videos of each step to my Google classroom, and offering conferencing… Continue reading Responsibility is a virtue; failure a gift.