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Top 10 Things I Want My Students to do During the Coronavirus Quarantine – Education Article

      Dear Students,   A schoolteacher without a classroom is kind of like a firefighter without a fire.   Or a police officer without crime.   But here we are – self-quarantined at home.   Our classroom sits empty, and everyday this week we sit here at home wondering what to do.   I want you to know that I’ve been thinking about all of you.   I hope you’re doing alright during this unprecedented moment in history.…

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Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative – Education Article

Story Matters: Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative to Argue and Inform By Liz Prather(Heinemann, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Michelle Voelker If you’ve ever had the privilege of sitting in a Writing Project training, you know the real power of that presentation is that a classroom teacher is presenting. And I don’t mean someone who used to be in the classroom long ago. No. You get the real deal with Writing Project professional development sessions. These teachers…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This weekend I had the privilege and opportunity to fully experience “paperless debate” at the UT Austin Longhorn Classic Debate Tournament, as an adult chaperone for our high school debate team at Casady School. In this post, I’d like to reflect on what these experiences suggest, reveal and invite when it comes to student learning, teaching, and “the classroom of the future.” I judged five novice cross-examination debate rounds on Friday afternoon / evening and Saturday at the tournament. This…

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Designing Balanced Lessons | – Education Article

The theme of balance has been top of mind for me lately. I have a book Balance with Blended Learning coming out in January. I started a podcast called The Balance focused on exploring issues related to balance in education. I also spend a significant amount of time helping teachers to design balanced lessons in my role as a blended learning coach. When I design a lesson with a teacher, I stress the importance of balancing the various elements within…

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Record Video Directions and Maximize Your Minutes | – Education Article

Few things are more frustrating than repeating yourself over and over. Yet, many of the teachers I work with repeat the same information and directions multiple times in a lesson. Sometimes this is the result of students who are distracted or not paying attention. Sometimes a student walks into class late and needs to know what to do. Other times a student may need to hear the instructions again because they got started, hit a bump, and need clarification. Whatever…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

In November 2017, I shocked my family and many friends by switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. Ten of the reasons why I switched are detailed in this post, but the main four were: Travel Security Lower Cost Extended Battery Life Google AI Technology in the Google Assistant It’s been a good experiment, but I’ve been missing iOS and an iPhone for multiple reasons. Later today I’m throwing in the towel and purchasing a used iPhone 6+ for…

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3 Books about Teaching English in the Middle School Years – Education Article

Getting Started: A Path to Success to Teaching English to Middle School Students and BeyondNot Intimidating: Teaching Different Reading Genres to a Diverse Student BodyMore about Writing: Designing Student Assignments with Specific StepsBy Anna J. Small Roseboro(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Anne Anderson Anna J. Small Roseboro offers educators a trio of books filled with an assortment of strategies for teaching middle school students. Both veteran and beginning teachers will find any of these titles useful.…

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