Monthly Archives: June 2013

Making Connections with Students

A lot of research suggests that relationships with students do matter. That is, students need to know that you care about them; they tend to be more successful when they aware that teachers have their best interests in mind. The … Continue reading

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Collaboration on the Web

How do teachers use technology to collaborate with each other in and out of the classroom? How do teachers use the Internet make connections and share ideas in meaningful ways? (And do they really do this?) Here are a few … Continue reading

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First Year Teacher Resources

A few lifesavers for the first year of teaching: The First Days of School by Harry Wong & Rosemary Wong Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students Support from colleagues and family Coffee, tissues, chocolate-covered espresso … Continue reading

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Fishbowl Discussion

Here is a fantastic example of a discussion format that puts students in charge and that is designed to help students speak intelligently about literature. Bravo, Julia St. Martin!

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What is “teaching”?

A brief rundown of the knowledge and skills needed for a typical day of successful teaching (and lesson/assessment planning, evaluation, etc.) c/o Mary Tedrow at Walking to School:

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Strategy Share: Graffiti

This is a cooperative learning activity that emphasizes deeper understanding of a topic and reflection. I picked this up from a wonderful professor at Ithaca College where I received my M.A.T. Materials needed: Chart paper, large classroom space, multicolored markers … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Ask Good Questions

When students learn to ask good questions, they are more empowered to lead discussions; this skill also has the potential to help students become more personally invested in course topics. After all, when students take responsibility for guiding conversations, they … Continue reading

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