Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A Writing Prompt to Really Get To Know Your Students

"Three Things I Want You To Know About Me."
I came up with this prompt while teaching high school, but it works with younger kids, too. It gives the students a choice of what to comment on, and allows them to use their own voice to tell it like it feels. You may learn a lot about music, sports, and their dog; but sometimes you will also learn about very serious topics like family crisis or illness. And at times the school can help the families. But you will know the students better, especially if you actually read the essays and comment on them. The kids feel very validated, and more willing to write the remainder of the year no matter what the topic.

Jim Abbott of the Yankees, pitching a no-hitter.
I especially enjoyed when the students shared their dreams for their future. You would be amazed how many major league baseball players (of the future) were in my seventh grade classes. Far be it from me to say otherwise. Who knows, anyway? If Jim Abbott, who had only one hand due to a birth defect, became a major league pitcher, shouldn't I be like his grown-ups and be filled with encouragement for kids' dreams?

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Educational Links 6/8/22

Teaching Students Inclusion and Anti-Bias: What Works



4 Ways States Are Exerting More Control Over Classroom Materials

How language-rich math can help students learning English

Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’

This Year’s High School Seniors Reflect on the Adversity They Faced and How They Persevered

Reinforcing Elementary Math Lessons With Movement

Combining simple exercises with math instruction can help ensure that elementary school students remember these lessons.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Educational Links 6/6/22


No, Fewer Books, Less Writing Won’t Add Up to Media Literacy

Edtech Should Be More Evidence-Driven

3 Trademarks of an Effective IEP Goal

How To Handle An Argumentative Student

5 Toxic Phrases To Stop Using With Your Students

Education Buzzwords Defined: What Is Blended Learning?

See how blended learning—a combination of online activities and face-to-face teaching—helps teachers differentiate instruction and spend more time with students.