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...

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...

I Can’t Grade It All

Dear Sarah, If I don’t grade an assignment, my students won’t do it. But that can be so overwhelming. What can I do? Sincerely, I Can’t Grade It All Dear I Can’t Grade It All, M&M’s. The answer is M&M’s. It’s a familiar scenario: I walk by a bowl of M&M’s...

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