Posted inPedagogy

The Secret Ingredients of Lesson Planning

Have you signed up for The Educator’s Room Daily Newsletter? Click here and support independent journalism! This past Christmas, my family decided to organize our own version of the Great British Baking Show (or GBBS). We each had to make our own Signature dessert for the approval of three judges, my in-laws, and my oldest daughter. The […]

Posted inConfessions of a Teacher

10 Thoughts During a Failed Lesson

Thought 1: “I like this lesson” It might not be my best, but I’m satisfied with it. It’s educational. It’s collaborative. There’s some entertainment value. It certainly is important to their lives and what we’ve been previously talking about. It’ll be successful. Thought 2: “What the h*#%! is going on here?!” It doesn’t seem like […]

Posted inFormative Assessments

Formative Assessment: A New Lesson Plan

Formative assessment is using purposeful observations and information about students to move their learning forward. It enables teachers and students to understand their learning and have meaningful dialogue.  This has been applied in classrooms through Kahoot! quizzes, exit tickets and quick thumbs up thumbs down activities.  Formative assessment, however, has more power when it is […]

Posted inInstruction & Curriculum, Literacy

Guided Reading–Pick Any (Fiction) Book

Guided reading is a teaching strategy that has gained attention and popularity over the past ten years for good reason. This method of teaching reading (to elementary students) groups them according to their instructional text reading level. It incorporates skills, comprehension strategies, writing, and text decoding. There are many companies with canned programs and resources […]