If At First They Don’t Succeed, Make Them Try Again

Since it's summer and I know we teachers love to think about big picture changes to our classrooms.... here's one of my "things". I give quizzes a lot. A lot, a lot. They're pretty low stakes point wise; each quiz is 5 points, no matter how many questions, which usually works out to around 2-4%... Continue Reading →

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Shootings Are Not (just) a School Problem

A thought occurred to me tonight as I was driving home listening to one station describe the situation in Santa Fe, TX and another completely ignore it (which I think says something in itself...). Is the fact that these shootings often happen in public schools holding us back from any real progress? Teachers around the... Continue Reading →

How to Engage & Frustrate Your Students

Have you tried out the Checks Lab from Understanding Evolution? This is an activity that I have been using for several years now. It's one of my favorites! And this picture shows why: Students are hooked pretty much from the get go. They find it interesting, a little taboo (it involves possible drug rehab and... Continue Reading →

I Refuse to Be An Armed Teacher

I have been getting asked more and more whether or not I, as a teacher, would be willing to have a gun (either on me or locked in my classroom) in case of a shooting at school. But this has gone beyond people here and there asking what I think. Recently several politicians (you know... Continue Reading →

If You Want To Know, Just Ask!

Who doesn't love creating/giving/evaluating a good pre-assessment? Not this teacher. But we all know we need to know a baseline for our students. We can assume what our students know about a unit. We can have an idea what they¬†should know based on vertical alignment and what was taught (hopefully)¬† in previous grades. But let's... Continue Reading →

The Tallest Tower Wins

Second semester is here again! I really love to use that first day back to get the kids up, moving, and being creative. But I know they need to ease back into school... no heavy content just yet. My go to used to be the Ultimate Bubble Blowing Champion. But I recently switched schools. So... Continue Reading →

Am I Secretly a Techie?

I have been stating for a while that I am not a techie. But I recently switched from a 1-1 school to a non 1-1 school. And I am quickly realizing just how much I did use tech in my teaching. Yes, I used a lot of student tools.... but I used a lot of... Continue Reading →

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