4 Ways to use the NCAA Tournament to Enhance your Math Classes

The big scream coming from administrators, curriculum coaches, and students alike is for relevancy in teaching. Sometimes, as math teachers, we have had a hard time picking up that relevancy piece. I find that the best time to bring students into the fold is during the NCAA tournament because so much math can be taught [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments

Yes, Failure IS An Option

We'd be hard pressed to find an innovation that has changed our modern living as much as the light bulb. When Thomas Edison and his employees experimented with methods to bring about an incandescent light, they finally arrived - almost by accident - on using a cardboard filament. After its success, he famously quipped "I [...]

Six Books for Secondary Teachers on Teaching Students to Read

Teaching how to read used to be considered the job of elementary teachers. They would teach the students to read; secondary teachers would teach students literature assuming students know how to read it. However, it has become clear that teaching students how to read doesn't end when students enter junior high school. In fact, since 50% of [...]

Teenage Girl Drama: Breaking The Everlasting Gobstopper

The film Mean Girls is a lesson for anybody teaching, living with, or raising teenage girls. It's no doubt that the line between being "popular" and being "Plastic," as the 4 main characters are satirized, is a fine one. And, without some adult intervention, it can become an everlasting gobstopper that chokes out the functioning of [...]

Using Literature to Teach Math: Five Great Books to Use in Middle School

I'm always trying to come up with different ways to teach math that will grab the interest of my students. If you've ever taught math or been taught math, you know there are some students that just don't like math, but love reading. So, what if you incorporate literature in math instruction? I've got five [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, Middle School|0 Comments