As a student growing up, I loved school. Not every class, and definitely not everyday. There were days when I would rather be anywhere else, and thanks to a mom who understood that not everything is about school there were a few days where I played hooky and went shopping instead. However, I was generally … Continue reading To the students that hate school →
During one of the first professional development (PD) days for my district at the beginning of the school year, I worked with several teachers and had several conversations. Some were just typical teacher banter expected at the first full PD day of the new school year, but one particular comment stood out the moment it was uttered. It continues to crop up in my mind at random moments. It stirs my oppositional defiant mojo each and every time. I don’t recall the specific wording, but while discussing the “new” collaboration methods our principal used on us as a demonstration, this particular teacher, an experienced teacher near retirement, said something like: I’m there to teach. Students are there to learn.
“That’s why people are speaking out, huh? Because it won’t change if we don’t say something” (171). About the book There are so many hard hitting quotes in this book that it was difficult to narrow it down to only one. I chose to read Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give to start off the challenge… Continue reading The Hate U Give
I Have never been the one to make New Years resolutions but this year I wanted to change that. When deciding what I wanted to work on I glanced at my overflowing bookshelf, many of the books having been left … Continue reading →
With the new updates and revisions to the New Google Sites, many educators are wanting to use Sites for their student blogs. The problem is that there is no easy way for students to also receive comments on their sites from their audience. There are a few ways to work around this, such as embedding blogs from actual blog sites, but at this point, I want my new high school bloggers to have control over the audience and for me to be able to keep an eye on the comments without having to do a lot of tab hopping.
One thing that has surprised me about teaching is what an emotional roller coaster it can be. One day I feel like a superhero teacher who rocked every lesson and was on top of her game; the next day I feel as if I have no idea what I’m doing and nothing went right. The […]
This post is co-authored by Ditch That Textbook’s Matt Miller and Laura Steinbrink. Laura is a high school English teacher and tech coach from Plato, Missouri. Check out Matt’s blog, Ditch That Textbook, at ditchthattextbook.com for the full post and more. Excerpt of this post: If you are like me (Laura), you are constantly searching … Continue reading Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity
I have learned that there is power in simplifying, especially in the classroom. Less really does equal more. The past three years I have been working hard to make my classroom a place where my students can focus, work together, and enjoy a joyful work …