Professional Development Is Thinking Visible in your Classroom?

Is Thinking Visible in your Classroom?

Right from page one, the authors of Making Thinking Visible challenge what we know about thinking in our classrooms.  When posed with the question, “What kinds of thinking do you value and promote in your classroom?” I admit I was a bit stumped.  I immediately thought of questioning. The idea to question students to get …

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Books for Teens Prisoner B-3087 – Teen Review

Prisoner B-3087 – Teen Review

Student review of Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz Yanek is just an ordinary 12 year old boy who enjoys reading and Western films, but his life was about to change.  Yanek is a Jew and he is about to face his worst nightmare. The Nazis are coming and taking Jews to concentration camps or placing …

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Blog Post Keeping Rigor High Before a Break

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 …

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Books for Teens Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I was introduced to this series during a reading conference with one of my 8th graders about 3 years ago.  As she described Cinder, I was fascinated by this fairy tale retelling turned science fiction.  Marissa Meyer did an excellent job of bringing fresh life to Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White and …

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