Teaching Tip Tuesdays

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]

Annoying Your Students is Ideal

May 21, 2019

“I annoy my students on a number of levels. I don’t praise them enough: I’m always being critical, finding fault in their work. I make them commit to a writing project—choose the subject of their essays—almost immediately. I don’t [Keep Reading]

The Value of Boredom

May 14, 2019

I was supply teaching in a classroom a few weeks back that had a brilliant display on the wall about the English language. It was chopped full of useful information for students. I found myself wondering how often this display gets used. I know that [Keep Reading]
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