Doubt Creeps In

Dear Sarah, I have all of this self-doubt about myself as a teacher. I don’t know if I’m doing anything right. I look at my colleagues and it seems so easy. They always seem successful. How do I fight this? Sincerely, Doubt Creeps In Dear Doubt Creeps In, Doubt is a...

Purpose Driven Discussions

the STRUGGLE: I’m constantly working towards creating more purposeful and authentic discussions in class. I’ve written about the way grading discussions don’t work for me and have offered other ways I’ve tackled this same question. I’ve wondered what a simplified...

Paint Chip Discussions

the STRUGGLE: I often have trouble determining how engaged students are in discussion. There was a point (long ago) when I tried to use some kind of graded discussion as evidence of participation and engagement. Largely, all I ended up with was something that felt...

From the Archives: Concept Attainment

This lesson is part of my “From the Archives” series: 20 lessons in 20 weeks from 20 years of teaching. Enjoy! Context & History I originally taught this lesson in my first year of teaching to 10th grade students. As part of a longer investigation into a “Teaching...

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