By Teachers, For Teachers
Well, we teachers are certainly waiting for something to prevail. Common sense? Our point of view? Reality? Superman? If you could have one or all of the above handy when you arrive, that would be fabulous. If you haven’t already heard, there is a new movie called “Waiting for Superman” which chronicles five families who are desperate (with a side of extra drama) to find out if it is indeed their lucky day to win the lottery, the charter school admission lottery... One message I received loud and clear from this film that claims to portray the current situation in our school system: charter schools can save your life and public schools are the devil.
How can we teach new vocabulary in a fun, exciting new way? With all of my students doing poorly on their literary terms quiz, I needed to find something to help motivate them to practice, practice, practice and engage with the vocabulary until they were able to embed all those vocabulary terms into their short and long term memory. Quizlet fit the bill!
Wordle is my go-to resource for when I need to show the power of words. If you provide text or a website, Wordle automatically converts your copy into a word cloud that you can then customize. Here are tons of ways to use it as a tool in your classroom.
From the elections to Michael Vick’s re-emergence as a starting quarterback, controversies are everywhere. They offer outstanding “teachable moments,” but these topics can be tricky to handle. Here are some must-read teaching guide to tackle controversial topics in your classroom.
Something sinister is happening to my school, to my school district, and probably to many other schools nationwide. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. As we study the McCarthy era in my class, I can’t help but recall when ‘50s, broadcaster Edward R. Murrow quoted Shakespeare while commenting on the gross injustices perpetrated during the McCarthy hearing: “the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves.” This is no witch trial. This is no hunting of Communists. It’s more insidious than either, because it appears to be helping kids. It’s called online learning. Distance learning. Credit recovery.