22 05, 2017

Teaching the Environment in the Social Studies and Humanities (and Everywhere Else)

By | 2017-05-21T21:45:59+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies|0 Comments

When we get close to the end of the year I like to leave my students with a bit of reflection for the future. In a matter-of-fact and “non-preachy” way, I tell them that the most crucial issue that their generation will inherit is the environment. In fact, despite what students hear from many political [...]

22 05, 2017

6 Tips on Teaching Social Studies in a Politically-Charged Era

By | 2017-05-21T18:20:48+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Ask a Teacher, Classroom Leadership, Common Core, Confessions of a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Featured, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Middle School, Social Studies|0 Comments

I've been challenged by parents plenty of times in my career. However, one that often protrudes in my mind is a 12-page email I received 7 years ago. In teaching about the post-Civil War Reconstruction, I shared both the late Abraham Lincoln and Radical Republican plans for what the South would look like as the [...]

22 05, 2017

Teaching Writing With Hyperdocs

By | 2017-05-21T18:36:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Common Core, From the Front Lines, Going Paperless, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Middle School, Technology|0 Comments

If you’re looking for a new approach to teaching writing, you’ve got to try teaching with hyperdocs. What are hyperdocs? According to their creators, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis, hyperdocs are “a transformative, interactive, personalized engaging too to help facilitate student creativity and collaboration” (The Hyperdoc Handbook). And I can testify that hyperdocs [...]

19 05, 2017

[S3E2] An Interview with Mr. Dombrowski: Social Media is Not the Enemy

By | 2017-05-19T22:38:19+00:00 May 19th, 2017|#36WeeksOfTech, Podcast, Podcast|0 Comments

Ever since I saw Mr. Dombrowski's clip on The Ellen Show, I have been in love with his infectious smile and bubbly personality! Since Social Media is such a huge deal in every school, we thought it would be interesting to discuss how one teacher makes it work for his fourth-grade students. Mr. Dombrowski has built [...]