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I do believe that learning how to make your lessons more student-centered can make a world of difference. Here are some of my favorite strategies to get students engaged in learning.
It can be hard for teachers and families to get on the same page, but students need to know both families and teachers are on the same team: theirs. How can you make parents become partners with you in their student’s education journey?
The relationships I built outlasted the lessons I learned, and I believe the same is true of students today. Kids will try for teachers they like.
Students always want to know why they need to learn something (especially if it is difficult.) and showing them math “in the wild” is the perfect way to teach them.
What can we do in our classroom that isn’t another animated film or “filler”? I found that boring activities led to behavior problems in the classroom.
Although teachers always look for new books to read with their students, many of us have a shortlist of favorites they pull out year after year. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is on the must-read list of many middle school teachers.
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My teacher friend introduced me to exit tickets. Instead of a general check-in with students deciding how well they understood the lesson, the tickets had just a few targeted questions – no more than 3 – that hit the core concepts.
For me, Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and focus on your blessings. To capitalize on this, I made Thankful Turkeys to help my students reflect on what they had to be thankful for.
Teaching your class about Native Americans can be a unit that everyone enjoys. But when was the last time you examined your unit and updated it?
Games are underutilized in the classroom. After all, if we can make parts of learning fun, shouldn’t we?
Using primary and secondary source documents and images in lessons provides students with opportunities to develop vocabulary, critical analysis, comparison, verbal and written expression skills.
I’ve never met a student who didn’t like to play. Even though we know kids love to play, why should we incorporate games and play in the classroom?
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- I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
- I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
- Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
- Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
- School should be fun! We party in my class!