“How psyched are you to have the opportunity to learn about out the universe and its inhabitants for several hours a day at no cost to you?!”
I stumbled across this video by John Green and had to share. Not only is he hilarious (and talking at break-neck speeds through the entirety of this clip) but he looks at the whole back-to-school time of year in a positive way. School doesn’t always compare to the freedom and warm temps of summer, but when we show our students the positives (in an engaging YouTube clip) we might get at least a laugh out of them. Continue reading
Starting another school year is exciting! But how can you make sure you’re not falling back into the same patterns? How can you determine whether your teaching has gone stale, or if you need to add/change/modify? What, specifically should you ask yourself as you’re preparing?
Here are some great questions as you start to think about the new year: Continue reading
Sometimes we all need to change the way we approach topics, lessons, or units. Here are some refreshing (and inspiring!) ideas from fellow educators to hopefully motivate you to change things up. Continue reading
In today’s day and age, technology is so very prevalent and while this can be seen as a downside to some, it can also be something that completely transforms the classroom in meaningful ways. However, as educators, it is of utmost importance to create boundaries between our social media profiles/personal lives and our role as teachers. Continue reading
Have you heard of ‘DiSSS’ or ‘CaFE’?
These is Tim Ferriss’ framework for mastering new information, and it’s perfect for the classroom setting. Continue reading
Feedback is probably the most important aspect of student learning, as it helps individuals assess their progress, see areas of improvement, and know the steps to take moving forward. Continue reading
I stumbled across this article today and just had to share. Something that’s so relevant for teachers (especially English teachers) is that ‘blah’ feeling we get when we know we have a large stack of papers to grade. Don’t get me wrong, as educators we love seeing our students improve and reading their work…but at the same time, knowing you have a (often very dry and very large) pile to get through can be daunting and tiring before the task even begins!
That’s why when I stumbled upon Ken Lindblom’s blog post, I thought, ‘Wow, how could I have missed something so simple, and yet so important?’ And that’s the importance of interest in our students’ papers. Continue reading
In February 2017, in a speech before the Stanford Board of Trustees, Former Provost John Etchemendy discussed the challenges universities (and honestly, all schools) face in the coming years. He called this problem the ‘threat from within.’ Continue reading
Let’s face it, grading can be a major buzz-kill. No matter how hard you try to prepare, or manage your time, or stay on top of the mounds of papers you collect, grading can be a huge time-sucker. Continue reading