Today is Earth Day, and if you planned ahead and built classroom activities to share with your students this past week—go you! But if you’re anything like me, and still trying to figure how it’s already April of 2018, then here are some engaging activities you can incorporate into your post-Earth-Day curriculum.
(Feel free to modify/adapt based on the ages of your students. Highest relevance would be between lower elementary to middle school.) Continue reading →
Earth Day! I love this day for the special recognition and attention we give Mother Earth. Far too often we are distracted and take nature for granted; April 22nd is an important day, for teachers and students alike, to set aside time to learn about our world and how we can create more sustainable, supportive habits.
One of the things I heard the most during my teaching experience was, “How does this relate to my future?” and typically students would say this in relation to learning how to read Shakespeare, writing research papers, or something that wasn’t ‘blatantly’ relevant to the contemporary world.
I would always tell them that English (especially writing and reading) were two of the most important and fundamental skills for survival. I would talk about resume-writing, job applications, sending emails, etc. – all the relevant ways we use our English-based skills every single day. Sometimes they would nod in agreement, or stand there silently taking note, or wrinkle their nose in aggravation that they hadn’t stumped me.
What I’ve learned, however, is that writing is not only essential, it’s actually beautiful. Since leaving the education world and diving headfirst into writing and editing for my full-time career, I’ve realized how valuable writing has been to me, and want to share that with you in hopes that you can encourage both yourself, and your students. 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 →
In a powerful letter by Darein C. Spann, a member of the Mississippi Association of Educators, he addresses the major concerns of the contemporary school system regarding test scores and how we, as a society must reduce the level of importance we place on these numbers. Continue reading →