Graffiti Boards Engage More Students

A New Year, New Idea strategy! Week #1 A new year, new ideas!  That’s the goal for the next several weeks.  There’s no doubt that teaching is hard, so it makes sense that we fall back on the same familiar strategies to make planning and implementing a little easier.  I’d like to challenge you to […]

Academic Conversation Through Silent Debates

When I taught high school, my favorite day of the week was current event Friday because students shared about the events of the week and the class engaged in academic conversation and debates over current affairs. When I attempted to bring this same idea to middle school it flopped! It turned into arguments and hurt […]

Keeping Rigor High Before a Break

It is two weeks until Spring break, state testing begins a few weeks after we return, students are tired, and let’s face it, teachers are tired.  How do you overcome the tiredness and the apathy to keep the rigor high until the break?    First take a deep breath and know that you are making […]