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Hundreds of great teaching tips, lessons, and inspiration from my classroom to yours. Browse the archive page to find something you can use in your teaching practice or scroll down to see all of the posts. [Keep Reading]

Helping Kids Swing to New Heights

October 8, 2019

Scaffolding is a tool that great educators use instinctively. I don’t like the metaphor behind the term, however. We need a better visual image and story to help illustrate exactly what it means. Angela C. Santomero provides one for us in her [Keep Reading]

The Night Before the First Day of School

September 2, 2019

Here’s an excerpt from “Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo. I thought it was fitting to share on this, the last day of summer vacation. It is written from the perspective of a teenage girl. I will be blogging about this verse novel [Keep Reading]

Build Vocabulary by Reading an Article a Day

June 25, 2019

I love when I get great teaching ideas from whatever is I am reading in my spare time. This one comes courtesy of Alan Gelb from his book, The Seven Steps to Confident Writing. I think I will make this a daily homework assignment next year. I very [Keep Reading]

Teachers Should Dress Professionally

June 11, 2019

We are Teachers is a Twitter account that “offer ideas, inspiration, and information for your best days—and double that for your hard ones. Supporting kids means supporting educators, always.” A few days ago, they posed a question to [Keep Reading]

There is More Than One Profound Truth

June 4, 2019

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” ― Niels Bohr Neil Postman helps break down this thought. He writes, “It is better to have access to more [Keep Reading]

Get Your Students To Unbelieve

May 28, 2019

Psychologist Kevin Dutton has coined a term for something I am sure you have seen at some point in your career as educator. Have you ever had a student, or group of students, actively resist your attempts to teach them? Do they seem to completely [Keep Reading]
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