No, this is not an article on helping your dating life, though if you are a teacher and are dating, my heart goes out to you. Speed dating is a strategy to “spice” up your classroom. The concept is to have two rows of students each with a concept or person to teach. Put a timer on and give them each a minute to talk about their person or concept, then switch. Then one side moves down a seat, easy right? Here are some ideas on how to use this in your own class.
Theodor Seuss Geisel is known in classrooms, libraries and by elementary age children for his fun and crazy books. There is a special language he developed, perfected and used to engage children in reading. From his first book, “And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street” to his ever popular “Cat in the Hat” children everywhere can quote Dr. Seuss. This week his birthday, March 2, 1904, will be celebrated in lower elementary classrooms around the country. The books being read will bring smiles and love of the written word to students ages seven
Great teachers come in all shapes and in all sizes. But to my way of the thinking the greatest teacher in Western history is Socrates. Sure, his bombastic ways and eccentric personality might strike modern students as odd or even offensive. But he would still be a decisive figure in the lives of his students. Here’s why: #5: Teenagers absolutely love him! In Ancient Athens Socrates was the best show in town. He was unkempt, slovenly, and generally known to be the ugly man in Athens. And yet, he gallivanted around town intellectually jousting and
Teaching with those three little letters can either rev up or rev down a classroom in minutes. D for Document, B for Based and Q for Question is how educators provide standards-based assessment connecting students to a broad range of primary sources and a broader range of perspectives. As a teaching tool it intends to present an essay template for analysis, but producing this in a set amount of time causes students to eye it with loathing. I have had to resort to presenting the DBQ, its rich content, the diverse voices, and the histories that
If you are an educator, and especially an AP Teacher, or a current or former recipient of an AP education, you could not have missed the news this week that the House Common Education Committee in the Oklahoma State Legislature passed 11-4 (straight down party lines) HB 1380, a bill that removes all funding from AP US History (APUSH) classes in the state, effectively banning it. According to state Representative Dan Fisher (R-Yukon), the measure’s author, the problem with APUSH is that it a) imposes a national curriculum and b) omits “American Exceptionalism.” While both
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