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?
The first time I learned about The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3, I was horrified. To confirm that the achievement gap starts well before a child can even make it to kindergarten is heartbreaking. What's more, teachers receive much of the blame for under-performing children, and not nearly enough resources to combat the … Continue reading The Power of Vocabulary
Direct vocabulary instruction was an instrumental part of my daily instruction. Used for homework, stations, and bell ringers, I intentionally taught students words and required that they use them on a regular basis. Here are two different schedules for instruction: Daily Instruction Block Scheduling Once the schedule is complete, the breakdown is as follows: Day … Continue reading No Prep High School Vocabulary Activities
I am often horrified when I see teachers spend 25-30 minutes of instruction time so that students can "take notes." Take a moment and think about the last time you needed (originally I used the word "had." We will talk about that revision in a moment.) to take notes for something - staff meeting, professional … Continue reading THAT Is Not Notetaking