Kicking off a lesson in a way that engages students is a classroom necessity, in my opinion. This Cult of Pedagogy post offers a very thoughtful look at those all-important Anticipatory Sets and how to get the most out of them. When it comes to a PBL unit, the Anticipatory Set is more of a… Continue reading spark interest with a powerful launch
I’m presenting tomorrow at the NC State State College of Education Beginning Teacher Institute, sharing ideas about how to manage students while you work with individuals. Rather than use a standard PowerPoint, I thought I’d share the information via a Smore. Below, you’ll see a screenshot of my flyer. You can see the whole flyer… Continue reading How do you monitor student progress and continue to teach?
One of the blogs I find myself visiting over and over again is TeachThought. It’s terrific! The blog set up is simple ~ easy to navigate and search for topics you are interested in. They offer great suggestions for technology tools and the kind of innovative thinking that helps teachers to step outside the box… Continue reading “helping smart teachers teach smart”
Weather conditions over the past couple of months have created unsafe road conditions that have, in turn, closed our schools down for almost two full weeks. This creates problems for students but also for their parents, who often can’t go to work because they have to stay home with their children. We are looking at… Continue reading IMAGINE with Discovery Education
As we continue to work on improving the descriptive detail in the kids’ writing, I thought it would be fun to integrate some art. Using a piece from the ArtNC website called The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, we started with a VTS-style discussion about the painting. The purpose of the discussion was to get the… Continue reading art develops greater detail in writing
This helpful infographic was posted on Edudemic yesterday in the article, The Key Differences Between Summative and Formative Assessments. For more on this topic, and how you can use summative assessments in formative ways, check out this article on ASCD: The Best Value in Formative Assessment by Stephen Chappuis and Jan Chappuis.