Concrete Ways to Get Students Reading at Home
To love to read. As teachers, it's one of our basic, core wishes for our students. Some students come to us with a hunger for reading. Give them a thick novel (or better yet, let them bring their own) and they'll happily sit and read for as long as we allow. All day even. We can pretty much guarantee these students fall asleep at night with a book tented across their chest, having squeezed out as much of it as their droopy little eyes could handle. Other students "like" to read. And others…
CLASS DISCUSSION TECHNIQUES: NO HIDING, NO OVERPOWERING
‘Split into small teams and discuss …’ Why won’t they discuss? There might be a whole lot of reasons for that: I don’t know enough words. I’m worried about my grammar. I’m …
Book Activities BUNDLE | Book Project for Fiction & Nonfiction Texts
This resource is a BUNDLE of Book Activities to use with Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts. Printable and Digital options are available. Digital options can be used with Google Slides.There are 20+ activities that can be used with fiction texts ad 20+ activities to use with non-fiction texts. Each of th...
10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy) BY NEIL JARRETT | Into the Driver's Seat
BY NEIL JARRETT Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Connecting to Common Core Through Socratic Seminars
Today we were asked how has the move towards "Common Core" affected your role as a counselor. For me the most obvious way is that I feel more limited with my time, it's simply not as easy to take a student out of the classroom even for 15 minutes. Additionally, I think counselors have been doing "Common Core" for a long time. I could be wrong, but I feel like Common Core is a push towards independent learning and problem solving. Well don't we do that every day? (I won't tell you how to fix…
Student Led Discussion Strategies for Whole Class Discussion
Every English language arts teacher needs a variety of successful, student led discussion strategies that will provide opportunities for student learning.
Literature Circle Collaborative Poster
A perfect activity for literature circles and shared reading during your literacy block! Students work independently and in groups to analyze, respond to, and discuss fictional texts. Each student receives an 8.5" x 11" page, and contributes a different piece of information to the group's overall di...
ELA Teaching Strategies for Small Group Discussions | English Teacher Blog
Go beyond think-pair-share with ten discussion strategies that will help you to engage your students in meaningful paired and small group discussions.
In Praise of Think-Pair-Share | Cult of Pedagogy
Celebrating Think-Pair-Share, the Little Strategy That Could, and sharing some best practices for making it work for you.
10 Ways To Structure Learning Stations Online
How to structure learning stations with Google Classroom, docs, slides, and forms; 10 ways to use learning stations with online teaching and remote / distance learning
The Literary Maven: Connecting with the Holocaust: Making it Personal for Students
Teaching the Holocaust while reading a Holocaust-related novel can be challenging; there is so much information to be shared, but you don't want to the topic to become overwhelming, distant, or unreal to students. Analyzing photographs from the time period, assigning students the identity of a Holocaust victim, and a mini-lesson on nutrition are all ways to help students make personal connections with the Holocaust.
Reading Stations Activity for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
This fun reading activity "progressive dinner"™ asks students to read different fiction, nonfiction, and poetry texts or excerpts of your choosing, take notes, and engage in small group discussion. If you're looking for a structured way to practice critical close reading skills in a hands-on and int...
12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic]
From Atomic Learning comes an infographic featuring 12 terrific ways you can energize classroom learning and keep school thrilling for every student.
Beginning of the Year Student Interest Survey in English and Spanish
Give this survey to students at the beginning of the year or new semester to get to know fun things about your students. The survey can be used in any subject area. It was created for middle school students but can also be used in late elementary or early high school classrooms. Click on Preview to ...
An Open Letter to Students Returning to School
Learn with Crash Course: http://www.youtube.com/crashcourseAnd SciShow: http://www.youtube.com/scishowIn which John Green gives advice to students returning ...