With the worldwide web literally at students’ fingertips, it would be easy to assume that they can find out anything they need any time. While this is technically true, it’s also a case of being spoiled for choice. The abundance of options make it difficult for students to know where to turn. For every reliable … More The World is Too Much With Us
My last post was about how teachers don’t have enough time to do everything we need to do, so it may seem like producing a classroom website is just adding work to an already overloaded schedule. I have to confess: At first it is a bit labor intensive. Unlike so many tasks thrust upon us … More The Power of the Blog
A few weeks ago, I placed a project on Donors Choose, a website created to help teachers get funding for their class projects. I requested copies of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Our school has some copies, but this year, we changed our scheduling completely, and I now have double the number … More With Deepest Gratitude!
The Daily Post’s writing prompt “Trick Questions” posed a situation in which a Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about me. We all know that the interviewee does not control the interview, and we’ve seen some uncomfortable interviews. The prompt asked me to consider what three questions I really hope I am not asked. Although … More Do We Have to Talk About That?
Tennessee legislators have once again thrust a new curriculum at teachers who will be evaluated by how well they prepare students using these new TNReady standards. The Sevier County School District where I teach is amazingly supportive of teachers and always looking for ways to help teachers to meet the challenges of teaching our students. … More Best. Inservice. Ever.
It’s like The Daily Post has been choosing writing prompts just for me lately. So, I’m writing this post in response to the writing prompt “The New School.” You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will … More If Wishes Were Horses
When I finished this post, it was not what I set out to write. I wanted to write a happy feel-good post, but somehow, I ended up on a soap box preaching on the town green. I tried to keep the spittle at a minimum, but you still might want to keep at a safe … More If I Could Make It Happen
I may not be completely enamored with Twitter, but the more I use it, the more I like it. I find that since my students are naturally receptive to this format, my use of it enhances my ability to connect with them. I’ve been using Twitter with my classes for six weeks now, and … More Twitterpated
Until I started working with Twitter, I had only been aware of the pointless, vapid side of the social media network: updates about every celebrity faux pas, pointless inside jokes, jokes that aren’t funny, or 140-character feuds that are funny. With the growing push to include technology into instruction, however, I decided to give the … More Go, Bird, Go!
Students hate homework. I did. I do my best not to overwhelm my students with homework; unfortunately, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The axiom “Practice makes perfect” is around for a good reason. The key to successful homework is creating practice that will engage students. I am delving more and more into the world … More Stealth Teaching