How to write a descriptive essay?

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Every student has their own problem area when it comes to essay writing. Some find it difficult to critically analyze a topic, while others might struggle with grammar. As a student, I found it really tough to write descriptive essays.  Continue reading “How to write a descriptive essay?”

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Top 10 Grammar Basics to Master Before Taking the ACT or SAT — Oxford Tutoring

Basic grammar may seem like common knowledge to students in the 10th – 12th grades. However, it might surprise you to know that many of our high school students come to us having not reviewed their beginning grammar since elementary school. That is why our English ACT or SAT preparation always starts with a basic […]

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5 Back to School Activities– with an ELA Twist — Ms. Dickson’s Class

I enjoy getting to know my students. But I also feel pressure to make sure all activities are learning something. My time is limited– and in the alternative classroom, there was little or no homework: assigning it was pointless because it never came back. My students had other priorities than school. Unfortunate, sure, but I […]

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Breaking Things as a Form of Education — User Generated Education

One of my learners’ favorite things to do at my maker education summer camps is taking toys apart – breaking them and then putting back together in another form. This got me thinking that breaking things should be part of every teacher’s and learner’s education. These include: Breaking physical objects apart to see their components […]

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How to Respond to, “Why do We Study History?” — Stephanie’s History Store

In just about a month, students around the world (or at least the northern hemisphere) will be asking their social studies teachers, “why do we have to study history?” Of course there are great answers to that question, it’s just a matter of whether teachers spoon feed students the answers or have them work with the question […]

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Helping Students “Out of the Snow” — Diary of a Mid-Southern Gentleman

In Zen practice, koans are short statements, stories, or even questions. Each is designed to get a person to think deeply about an idea in order to better understand the world around them. I’ve been recently begun using koans to try to further connect my understanding of the relationships between Zen practices and school teaching. One such […]

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