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Voice Memo Feedback for Students

Voice Memo Feedback for Students

Voice Memo Feedback for Students I've been using voice memo feedback for students since I was a student teacher lugging around cassette tapes for each student so I could record feedback for them. Now, there are all kinds of apps and extensions we can access to give...

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Student Well-Being Survey

Student Well-Being Survey

Student Well-Being Survey If you want to check in, at any time, on your students' well-being, here's a quick way to use a GoogleForm and a few questions to help. Although I created this at the start of the Covid-19 school closing, it could be useful throughout the...

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Creating Poetry Comics

Creating Poetry Comics

Creating Poetry Comics Are you looking for a way to help students visualize the poetry they're reading? This is an assignment I love to use that helps students visualize what they're reading as part of their analysis process. In addition to what I've shared in the...

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Alternatives to Using the Word “Great”

Alternatives to Using the Word “Great”

Alternatives to Using the Word "Great" Ubiquitous at best. Overused and cliché at worst. Nevertheless, I was in love. But it was the kind of love affair that reminds me of a July 4th sparkler: you get a quick reaction, but then it forgettably burns out too quickly.  I...

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Four-Corners Reading Day

Four-Corners Reading Day

the STRUGGLE: It took me awhile to make sense of “reading days.” I know it sounds ridiculous, but I struggled to find the sweet spot between “teacher work day” (which I knew it wasn’t) and “stations” or “mini-lessons” (which I also knew it wasn’t). Ultimately, I...

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Purpose Driven Discussions

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...

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Paint Chip Discussions

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...

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