Okay, here’s the thing. Ice breakers can be awesome…but when you’re teaching a middle/high school classroom, the last thing you want to do is be:
So if you’re looking for something different, if you’re hoping to grab your students’ attention in a way that’s fun, but still relevant to the classroom, and if you’re plain out of ideas, here’s some great suggestions from Laura Randazzo, a secondary teacher who created this fun activity for her first days. Continue reading
For the past two years, I’ve been a part of a group of students and faculty from Waldorf that spends a day at Forest City High School teaching students about poetry! This is something that the college has planned with one of the English teachers at FCHS, Scott Bertelsen, and it has been a great success! Continue reading
“She—he—goes by Elvin,” my coworker whispers. I look at the student fumbling with the cart of computers in the front of the room. She—he—formerly Cadence, then Cade, and now Elvin, is a thick bodied sophomore with glasses, an ‘I love pizza’ shirt, and short, spiky blue hair. Continue reading
Okay, this sounds a lot harsher than it actually was…sort of.
Over the summer, my Honors kids were to read a biography/autobiography of their choice and write a paper demonstrating their understanding of the book and reflecting on how dramatic events often change a person’s life. Continue reading
Illegal Immigration: This is a huge, controversial topic that I find is often overlooked. Continue reading
Last week I went to Storm Lake High School for my Multicultural summer class exploring diversity in education. Storm Lake is a school in an incredibly diverse city that changed my perspective on both ESL and becoming an English teacher. Continue reading
I finished my Fall 2014 clinical placement at Mason City High School in early December. This was one of the most influential experiences, as I was able to completely take control of two classes of sophomores and really feel prepared for student teaching. Continue reading
For my Narrative Unit [with Mason City High School sophomores], I had them create a ‘Day in the Life’ Comic, documenting, in first-person, and using the elements of narrative, a day in their personal lives. Continue reading
As a part of the Tuesdays with Morrie Unit I did with my sophomore students at Mason City High School during my fall 2014 clinical placement, I had the students write a letter to the author, Mitch Albom, reflecting on the book.
To reference the lesson, click this link: Letter to Author, Mitch Albom Continue reading