Warning: This is a VERY long post. I apologize for all the detail, but – then again – I won’t… Read more Student Misbehavior: Avoiding Work Because They Can’t Do the Work
Every year, our 8th Graders go on a trip to Washington DC to explore the nation’s capital. This year’s trip… Read more Combining Student Council Election and our Annual DC Trip
We talk a lot about failure and the value of having students experience more failure and learning from failure. There… Read more Student Feature Film Project Part 2 – Epic Failure!
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
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
Each year, in my US History class, we take a look at the events leading up to the American Revolution… Read more American Revolution Timeline Activity (with cool examples)
Each year, around the 22nd of November, I put my U.S. history class on hold and I introduce my middle… Read more JFK Assassination Activity
For my middle school U.S. History course, I created a project to introduce students to the basic structure, roles and… Read more Role and Structure of Gov’t Project – Step by Step