Writing and rejection goes hand-in-hand.
For Holland Rae, a “no” can be deflating — but also energizing.
A friend and I met up to eat Mexican food the other day, because who doesn’t like stuffing fried tortilla chips topped with cheese dip in their mouth? She also is a teacher. She is on year seven of her teaching career, and I am on year two. She said something to me that has […]
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My students have often felt stumped when I asked them to write a paper. They get stuck at the very initial phase of deciding what to write on. I’ve even had some of them spend the largest chunk of their time just trying to pick a topic, which took away from the time they could allocate to their information gathering, idea organization, and the actual drafting of the paper. I decided that I needed a more organized approach to this problem so I could help my students more effectively with their writing. This article by Melissa Kruse has been of great help!
How do you help students choose research topics? I used to approach every class the same way. It only took me one year to figure out that approach didn’t work. Scaffolding the topic selection process is important, but not all students need the same scaffolding. Here are some things to consider when beginning a research paper. These approaches have become my go-to’s over the years.
Change is the only constant in the world.
Over the period of time, the English language has undergone so many changes and it will continue to change in the future. The English language of Shakespearean era transformed into a simpler form in 20th century. You don’t hear words like thy, thou, thee etc. anymore. Continue reading “How Urban Dictionary and Slang have impacted Modern English?”
What do you do when a class gets off on the wrong foot? Or a vein of negativity, underlying snickering or contentious comments characterize your take-away after a session with a group of students? I just ran a 3-day event with a classroom packed with 34 kids, ages 9-14. There are plenty of challenges to […]
When counseling people on how to live on a budget, I often find that they don’t even know how to start a budget. This isn’t taught in most schools, and unfortunately a lot of families don’t incorporate this type of teaching when raising their kids. Teaching our kids how to be responsible with money should […]
Generally, teachers and parents have a love-hate relationship with social media. Continue reading “7 ways to use social media in the classroom”
A California high school teacher named Jeremy S. Adams listed 10 things that teachers face now that they didn’t have to face 10 years ago: #1: The Inability to Punish Students: This is a story in modern education that is big and is about to get much bigger. A hodge-podge of policies and euphemisms—restorative justice, […]
I first saw the ‘head, heart, hand’ approach used when I was a student. At the time it was mostly used in relation to developing ecoliteracy and to encourage people to make ecologically sustainable choices. It has re-emerged in a number of guises since then, in forest school, in mindfulness and as a way to […]
The other day, I was chatting with a fellow teacher online who was all for Edtech over classical teaching. I am a big fan of Edtech but I disagreed with him on making video games part of a learning curriculum in school. Continue reading “Should video games become a part of school curriculum?”