Books Matter

I love books. There is something about them. The smell, the heft, the feel. . .The way kids respond. Because for all their complaints, most kids, most high schoolers, like books. Books matter. So my classroom is filled with books. So filled with books, it has become the smallest regular classroom in the building. Two [...]

By | 2017-02-06T20:25:38+00:00 February 7th, 2017|High School, Literacy, Opinion|0 Comments

Have You Tried Socratic Seminars Yet?

Have you jumped into Socratic Seminars in your classroom yet? If not, I've got a few easy tips to help you get started - including a 'real life' demo video! If you're already using Socratic Seminar, maybe I've got a way you can snazz yours up and take your students' thinking a little bit deeper. [...]

From Literature Circles to Inquiry Circles

Last spring, my 8th grade students were involved in Literature Circles where they read one of six Young Adult Historical Fiction selections. The Literature Circles took about five weeks to complete. Previously, I wrote a series of articles that cover procedures, mini-lessons, and assignments and assessments. One of the major areas I worked on with my [...]

By | 2017-02-06T07:23:59+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Five YA Novels to Understand Refugees

Staying informed by watching and discussing current events is one way for students to know what is going on in the world outside their immediate universe. Sometimes those events seem so far away--even when they are happening in our own country. Research has proven repeatedly that reading builds empathy. Whether the latest current events about how [...]