When I was in the classroom, we had to turn in a sub folder at the beginning of every year. This caused me great angst. What should I leave in it? When would I need it? I didn't want to leave busy work, but to leave something in a folder for an "emergency" was far … Continue reading Got Sub Plans?
One of the most profound statements a teacher ever made to me went something like this: 'I keep getting older, but they will always be 16. I'm trying to deal with that.' Geesh! Let's dissect that. When I started teaching at 26, I was only 8 years older than my oldest student, and Facebook was … Continue reading 6 Signs You Are A Teacher Dinosaur
Teaching students to analyze anything can be a daunting task. So when students have to make sense of all of the characters in a short story or novel, and THEN analyze them, the frustration can reach a boiling point for both the teacher and the student. To mitigate these frustrations, graphic organizers can be a … Continue reading Secondary ELA: Analyzing Characters with Graphic Organizers
Common Core Standards are rigorously robust. Each standard is so layered, that there are many things a student needs to master in order to be proficient with the standard. As a result, there are a multitude of ways to assess student proficiency for each standard. When looking for ways to teach the standards, it is … Continue reading Lesson Planning: Turning Standards into Learning Targets