Vocabulary Families

the ASK: I never seem to have enough approaches to teaching vocabulary. Here, I wondered how I could get students to construct deeper understandings of words by seeing them as “families.” the TRY: I gave students a series of words that all had something to do with the...

Magnets for Student Grouping

the ASK: I like to switch up groupings of students on a regular basis and am always wondering how do make those transitions as seamless as possible. the TRY: Each student gets a magnet with his/her name on it. (For details on making these, see below.) I leave the...

Facetime Teaching

the ASK: I often wonder how to minimize the effects of being gone from class when I travel to work with teachers in other places. Here’s an experiment! the TRY: Using FaceTime and some devices, I’ve found a way to still teach from the road. Ahead of time, I arrange...

Audience is Everything: Teaching our Parents

the ASK: I know that audience is everything when comes to writing or creating, so I was curious about how to create an accessible, authentic audience for students’ hubris extended definitions.  the TRY: Ask students to consider not just explaining hubris, but teach it...

Extended Definitions Go Digital

the ASK: After a week of thinking about and exploring the concept of hubris, I wondered how students could continue to construct their learning in a digital way. the TRY: Each student used a storyboard (blank PowerPoint slides printed with the notes) to plot out his...

Student Voice at Parent/Teacher Conferences

the ASK: Our school has traditional parent/teacher conferences where we each have a table in the gym and parents can come stand in line to speak with a teacher. I wondered how to quickly get student voices in the conversation. the TRY: The first few minutes of class...

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