20 08, 2017

Word Sorts: A Pre-Reading Strategy for Frustrated Students and Teachers

By | 2017-08-20T20:20:53+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies|0 Comments

If I were to ask my middle schoolers what the hardest subject is for them, I can tell you right now, a majority (especially sixth graders), would say science. Even though my kids typically love science labs, they despise all of the reading that accompanies them. When I talk to students about what makes reading [...]

20 08, 2017

Keep That Smartphone Out: Teaching in the Age of Technology

By | 2017-08-20T21:54:09+00:00 August 20th, 2017|#36WeeksOfTech, Ask a Teacher, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology|0 Comments

Most educators in today's world remember a time when access to technology was difficult to come by. For instance, my family didn't have internet access until I was in junior high, and even then, those were the days of "dial-up", where things took forever to load and where you couldn't be on the phone and [...]

20 08, 2017

The Solar Eclipse-A Unique Teaching Opportunity

By | 2017-08-20T21:54:39+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Art Education, Back to School, Elementary Classrooms, Fine Arts, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Science|0 Comments

The Solar Eclipse-A Unique Teaching Opportunity On August 21st, 2017, we will see something amazing. For the first time in over 30 years, there will be a total solar eclipse. This is when the moon comes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun. This year, the total eclipse will travel across North America. Other [...]

20 08, 2017

Back To School Hacks: Digitize Your Syllabus and Lesson Plans!

By | 2017-08-20T21:54:54+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Ask a Teacher, Back to School, Common Core, Educational Apps, From the Front Lines, Going Paperless, Instruction&Curriculum, Middle School, Professional Development|0 Comments

This year I'm going back to school with a twist - I'm going to digitize my syllabus and lesson plans! A few years back I experimented with different ways to engage students on the first day - and first weeks - of school. Building relationships, engaging my classroom and creating a sense of excitement helps [...]