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
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
As we drew near the end of our Lincoln assassination unit, I struggled with how to assess student learning. Sure,… Read more Epic Lincoln Rap Battle Project
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
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
I know the holiday season is far behind us, but I wanted to share some details about a tree ornament… Read more Maker Project: US Gov’t as Tree Ornaments
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!
My colleague Tim Kennedy, a middle school math teacher, was having some trouble with that most middle school of issues:… Read more Make Engagement with Maker Activities
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!
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