My eleventh grade IB students just wrote their final assessment for first semester, a 1500 word essay based on a prompt that required them to find a link between two of the texts we read this semester. We've been hammering away at the skills they need to do well in the final IB assessments next … [Read more...] about Formative Feedback…After the Essay
My students are busy finishing their final assessments as the semester closes. All my classes end with a written assignment and a presentation, rather than a traditional exam, so students have a chance to put their everything (I hope) into revising and editing their final products.We've done a … [Read more...] about Revision Reminders
It's a stressful time of year for high school students. The semester is ending and exams are quickly approaching. Those who did little all year are in full blown panic mode (or should be) and the over-achievers are little balls of stress, worried that they won't be able to reach their goals. … [Read more...] about Helping Teens Manage Stress
It seems like an odd thing to do: plan to be sick. In fact, those of us who work in germ factories hope to avoid it at all costs. But it happens, precisely because we do work in germ factories. Twenty-thirty bodies jammed in one hot room, using the same door knob, pencil … [Read more...] about PLANNING TO BE SICK?
My students are beginning preparations for debates, and are busy bouncing around ideas and doing some initial research. In the meantime, I'm planning mini-lessons to help them build the skills they need to be successful.One area that tends to be the weakest for them is the rebuttal process. … [Read more...] about Getting Ready to Debate
Starting back to class after Christmas break can be an exercise in frustration. Finals are looming and you're looking out at the blank faces of students who have been used to sleeping in and doing what they want for the past few weeks. And there you are, faced with the tasks of finishing your … [Read more...] about Get Your Students Focused After The Break
One of the biggest changes I made to my routine in 2015 was to use learning stations in my high school classroom. The first one was created out of necessity. I had been sick for a number of days in September and felt like I hadn't given my students enough direction for using their … [Read more...] about Learning Stations: One of my Favourites from 2015
Once again, thanks to Nitty Gritty Science, a group of TpT sellers are donating all proceeds from their sales on December 13th to various charities.My classes are collecting money to give to a local organization that is sponsoring one of the Syrian refugee families that will be joining us in the new … [Read more...] about TpT Sellers Are Giving Back
Thanks so much for the overwhelming response to the 12 Days of Giving hosted by the Literary League! To celebrate the season and our favorite fellow teachers (that’s you!), we’re all having a salein our TpT shops today, Saturday, December 12th and tomorrow, Sunday, December 13th. … [Read more...] about
Oh, December. You're the darkest month of the year, but also the most sparkly. Our halls are decked, our lists are made, and our students are banging off the walls with excitement. High school students may not believe in the magic anymore, but they are just as unfocused and frenzied as the … [Read more...] about Surviving the Christmas Countdown!
Welcome to day two of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! We know that the holiday season is busy for both teachers and students. You want to make learning fun, yet still meaningful while attempting to channel some of your students' energy and excitement about the upcoming holidays … [Read more...] about The Literary League’s 12 Days of Giving: Day 2
Literary Leaguers are in the holiday spirit and we’re hosting 12 Days of Giving! We’re super excited to share some of our favorite freebies (both seasonal and all-year-round resources) with you and give you the chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate! The 12 Days of Giving … [Read more...] about The Literary League Kicks off Twelve Days of Christmas for Secondary Teachers