Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • Introducing Equivalent Fractions

    on Sep 2, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Policy • with Comments

    Teaching equivalent fractions is often a difficult task. In this article I am going to show several methods that should make this task a bit easier. I previously posted an article for using patterns blocks to teach parts of a whole. In order to provide some consistency with that article the first method I will explain here will use pattern blocks. I believe that teachers should use their own creativity in planning their lessons; however, what I am offering here are suggestions that you may want to use as hands on activities to introduce or

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  • Rainbow it Up! The Color-Coded Essay

    on Sep 1, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    letter-writing-pic

    As a secondary English teacher, I teach many pieces of academic enrichments within my curriculum, but my main passion tends to fall at the feet of writing.  When I began teaching middle school English a handful of years ago, writing was barely a blip on the radar as we had so much pressure to pass a certain percentage of students in state assessments, of which writing wasn’t a focus that came up very often.  Nonetheless, I felt strongly that good writers made for accomplished citizens and I sought to teach it and teach it well. This is

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  • Exercising Caution On Independent Reading

    on Aug 29, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    Young Student Reading A Book

    School has started! I absolutely love what I do. As I prepared for my new crop of kiddos I made the rounds to my normal haunts to purchase ‘new stuff’ for my classroom. I always get excited about getting new things for my students. Whether its games or art supplies, I anxiously await the smiles and cheers that always arise from my little people. One of my projects this summer was sorting my 8,000-plus library books. Many of them had been scanned into our library app, but for this year I wanted to categorize all

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  • Minimize Homework to Maximize Your Classroom

    on Aug 22, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

    courtesy stdamiensschool.com

    I teach high school government and economics, and I abide by a minimal homework policy. It’s difficult, I know. There are only so many minutes in a period, only so much content we can learn in a day, and it makes sense to build in some practice time via homework. But hear me out: minimizing the quantity of homework for my class has helped me stay sane and build respect in the classroom. Here’s the primary logic. I understand that my students are not just MY students. They have other classes, they have sports and

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  • My mise-en-place: Inspiration for the Classroom

    on Aug 21, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments

    Courtesy of rangermikedesigns.wordpress.com

    Is it just me or is prominent American media focused on the faults of our country’s education weeks before the new school year begins? While I am revved up to meet my new students, organize my classroom, put some of my summer ideas and practices to good use, the news has been reporting on countries with higher scores or schools without budgets or the lowest student scores. Where is the prime time story on the changes in campus design or summer school students who succeeded? I can’t find them but I did find a gem of

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