Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • “I’m Her Favorite Student!”

    on Aug 31, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, High School, Literacy, Management, Opinion • with Comments

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    “I’m her favorite student!” I’ve heard that phrase over and over in the eighteen years I’ve been working around schools and the short seven years of my teaching career. I never deny it, or even acknowledge whether or not it’s true.  I usually just smile and nod, yet students still say it.  Since I’ve heard it a handful of times in the past two weeks, it got me thinking about my attitude in the classroom, because to be perfectly honest, the students that often say that phrase are not necessarily my favorites, in fact, many of them are ones

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  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The Math and Reading Versions

    on Aug 30, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    In school math was a subject I approached with trepidation. I usually was the last kid in class asking my teacher to check my problems so that I could continue my homework when I was at home. Here at The Educator’s Room, we’ve written about math instruction intensively especially with the introduction of new tests based on math supported by the Common Core. According to The New York Times, New York State reported that just 22 percent of the eighth graders who took this year’s Common Core-aligned math test received a passing mark. Take a moment and

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  • Flat Stanley: World Traveler

    on Aug 27, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies • with Comments

    Flat Stanley is on his way! I love doing this project for so many reasons, the first being that it is a great way to introduce geography to young elementary kids. I also tie in letter writing and re-introduce the kids to the old-fashioned way of sending mail- through the ACTUAL MAIL. And the kids love getting Stanley back through the mail addressed to them at school. Before Parent Orientation I drew Flat Stanley off of one of the pictures in Jeff Brown’s book on a piece of construction paper. He is about 8” tall

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  • Maybe the Film Credits Are the Best Lesson

    on Aug 26, 15 • in From the Front Lines, High School, Instructional Strategies, Literacy • with Comments

    Maybe the Film Credits Are the Best Lesson

    Twice this summer, I found myself thinking that maybe educators are not taking advantage on how we could show films in class. We seldom, if ever, show the film’s credits. Perhaps the lack of attention to film credits is because there is not enough time already for what many educators might consider a passive activity of sitting and watching. I have worked for administrators who have limited or banned films entirely from curriculum because they perceived that a movie shown in class was merely a babysitting tool. In these situations, I would try to convince

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  • First Day Jitters

    on Aug 24, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, The New Teacher Chronicles • with Comments

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    It is hard to put into words the feeling I felt when that school bell rang at 7:55 signaling the start of the first day of school. Parents had left with their cameras full of “first day” pictures and no one was in the back observing my teaching and making sure my lesson plans were followed word for word. As strange as it felt, it hit me that these were now my kids, I was their teacher. It is true that teachers spend more waking hours with their students than their parents spend with them

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