4 Goals for Classroom Discussion

This is the first post in my classroom discussion series, and the number of the day is four. I thought it would be helpful to chat briefly about four big picture goals of classroom discussion, four guidelines for creating discussion magic, as well as four characteristics of a successful discussion. Let’s get started! First off, let’s […]

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Benefits and Challenges of Modern Digital Classrooms

Pros and Cons of Digital Classrooms

First off, it is important to establish a working definition of modern digital classrooms; don’t you think? In this, we shouldn’t focus on the what, i.e. whether a class is fully 1:1, but the why and the how.  It comes down to this: digital classroom teachers integrate technology to enhance student learning, using it in a […]

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Kahoot, Socrative, Quizziz: Hot or Not?

Classroom technology to Spice up Formative Assessment

With the rise in digital teaching tools, as well as the increased interest in engaging students with classroom technology, the options available to teachers have expanded, too…which can be exciting, but a little bit overwhelming to figure out which one is best for your needs. A simple place to start is with online quizzes.  And, […]

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My Teaching Bag – A Love Story

Just a traveling teacher and her backpack

Every teacher has his or her favorite go-to items.  I always enjoy hearing about what other teachers carry with them (literally…not figuratively because that’s a whole different blog post for another day).  I’m a traveling teacher, a.k.a. I walk between my office and my outside mobile classroom at least five times a day, so I […]

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Teaching Students to Write a Synthesis Essay

Writing instruction is challenging, yet rewarding.  Synthesis, an important common core skill, occurs when several sources are used and evaluated.  This typically occurs in expository writing where researched sources are brought together to prove a thesis statement or answer an inquiry question.  After reading to understand different sources and arguments, students often struggle with bringing them […]

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