This is a big pet peeve of mine. So, forgive me if I come off a bit crazy! Having said… Read more Be Serious about Dress Down Days
Category: Best Practices
Don’t Forget the Fundamentals of Classroom Instruction and Discipline
I am not a Luddite. I am not afraid of change. I am open to, and regularly blog about, new… Read more Don’t Forget the Fundamentals of Classroom Instruction and Discipline
Beyond the Red Pen: Have Students Actively Reflect on Their Writing
Following our look at the Abraham Lincoln assassination, my US History students wrote a paragraph about Lincoln as a president… Read more Beyond the Red Pen: Have Students Actively Reflect on Their Writing
Students Share Cheating Strategies
Recently I found a thread on Reddit.com about clever classroom cheating techniques. Below are some of the best stories. Enjoy,… Read more Students Share Cheating Strategies
Let’s Extend our Leadership Schoolwide
Waiting for change to happen at your school? To paraphrase Gandhi, let’s stop waiting and be that change. I know,… Read more Let’s Extend our Leadership Schoolwide
Be Careful What you Say to Colleagues!
Sometimes we say things to colleagues that we shouldn’t. And, I am not talking about cussing people out when they… Read more Be Careful What you Say to Colleagues!
Don’t put a Holiday Countdown in your Classroom!
It’s just over two weeks until my school’s Christmas break. But, if I can help it, my students will never… Read more Don’t put a Holiday Countdown in your Classroom!
Dealing with Student Test Anxiety
Recently I wrote a post about academic language and preparing students for tests by ensuring they are familiar with the… Read more Dealing with Student Test Anxiety
All Teachers Should Be Language Teachers
I recently conducted a quiz with my middle school students. It was a simple fill-in-the-blank open-note quiz designed to check… Read more All Teachers Should Be Language Teachers
High Five History’s 1st Anniversary: Why Blogging Matters
When Mike Kaufman first approached me about starting a blog, I thought he was crazy. Many significant doubts sprang up… Read more High Five History’s 1st Anniversary: Why Blogging Matters