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March 24, 2016

Make Complex Texts Accessible For All Students

Most students are curious about many things, it's just a matter of tapping into them. Listen to them while they speak and offer them more opportunities to share their ideas. Try to record it when it happens because magic usually happens and it's great to have proof of those experiences.

February 25, 2016

When Students Design the Assessment, Everyone Wins

The more risks we take in the classroom that allow students to be in control, the better. At every age and at every level, children are capable of making good choices, but we do have to give the opportunities to practice while we watch actively to ensure they are all getting what they need.

February 23, 2016

It's Time to Co-Design Assessments With Students

When your old assessments aren't working, why not include students in the redesign process? When we empower students to help us establish the work they will be doing, the level of buy-in increases and better engagement is probable. Check out my seniors in action.

January 07, 2016

I Still Read to My 10-Year-Old Son

Reading is the most effective way to develop vocabulary, voice and enrich brain development. As an English teacher, I can tell my readers in their writing as there is a delicate complexity that exists that is harder to teach. The earlier we can get students excited about words, the better their chance of being successful in life. Not necessarily only reading literature, students have so much to choose from now. Encourage them to read it all or whatever inspires them.

August 30, 2015

Welcome to Senior Year, Class of 2016

Setting tone is key for a new year and that's why I'll welcome my students with a letter. See what 2016 has in store for in coming seniors.

July 31, 2015

Use Whole Novels to Teach Lit to the Whole Class

It's time to consider putting kids in charge of the literature discussion and Ariel Sacks provides excellent advice on how to do it. And this advice doesn't have to be just for English teachers, any teacher looking to enhance the reading experience for students should check it out.

February 09, 2015

Tableau Installations: Kinesthetic Literature

Consider how much students can gain from engaging their entire beings in the learning experience? Why not get kids out of their seats and exploring content through tableau, the art of still pictures to convey meaning.

February 06, 2015

Authentic Student-Led Discussion, Music to My Ears

Isn't it time we shifted control in our class discussions? Why can't kids be in charge of what gets considered and how? Teaching kids to facilitate their own class discussions provides an authentic opportunity for both speaking and listening where questioning is a natural outgrowth of personal curiosity and opinion.

December 19, 2014

Creative Student Projects Synthesize Learning

Why ask kids to take a test when they can a make movie and masterfully show synthesis of many skills and content at once? AP Literature and Composition students tasked with showing their knowledge of satire create short movies to tie in technology skills, writing skills and reading skills. Peers provide feedback.

October 24, 2014

Who Says Kids Won't Use Libraries?

There are no better places for learning than libraries, so it is well worth the effort to bring students out into the field whenever possible for research. Ever wonder what it would be like to expose students to higher learning before they get there? Try this.

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