Tagged Teaching Strategies

Bringing Literature & Writing to Life

Having a challenging time bringing some life to your literature and writing classes this last month of the school year? One of my favorite activities to use is a comic strip creator available through PC, Apple, or Android. We just created our own comics last week in literature class.  The students created their own graphic novel written in the style of the popular thriller series, Goosebumps.  The students loved it, and it has caused some of them to delve into the series further. Check out this handy graphic organizer, and start your students on their own comic today!

Is History Dead in Your Classroom?

“History is philosophy teaching by examples.” That quote is attributed to the great Athenian general and historian, Thucydides.  We all know the old saying, “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.”  While true, the quote from Thucydides gives that saying true gravity.  History not only teaches us about the past, it teaches us about ourselves.  It teaches us the principle that everything throughout history has a grand purpose and plan laid out by our Creator. So this bears the question, do you find yourself in a history teaching rut?  Do you find yourself repeating endless lessons…

Ben Franklin Said it Best

How many hands-on learning activities have you engaged your students in this week?  This is a great visual for all you history teachers out there!

Resolve to Grow as a Teacher

A new year often brings a new focus.  Typically, this focus comes in the form of New Year’s resolutions.  Often our New Year’s resolutions center around personal promises to ourselves, our family, or our wellbeing.  It is rare that our resolutions center around professional qualities. As educators, our work never ends.  A successful educator reflects regularly.  A successful educator applies that reflection and continually tweaks and improves their teaching. However, even the most successful educators can fall into their old habits and place the value of reflection to the side.  We may begin to teach the same lessons, with the…

10 Ways to Thank a Student

10)  Tell Them Nothing beats the ol’ fashion look ‘em in the eye and “thank you.” 9)  Stickers anyone? Not as a reward, but as a quick and easy thank you.  Everyone loves stickers. 8)  Write Them a Personal Note Stick it in their desk or backpack.  Better yet, if you are really proud of their work in a certain subject, tell them.  Slip it into the next lesson of their textbook so they can have the pleasant surprise all to their own. 7)  Tell the Parents Trickle-down thankanomics? 6)  Display Their Work Place their art work or strong assignment…

TED TALK: Every Child Deserves a Champion

If you have never had the opportunity to listen to this brief TED talk from the late Rita Pierson, indulge yourself and do so!  Her passion for teaching and students is infectious.  Teaching is all about relationships! The link to the TED talk