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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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Google Classroom is Worth the Switch

Google Classroom, home sweet home.  After spending a few years in a serious relationship with Blackboard, then speed dating with Edmodo and Wikispaces, I have finally met a platform that I plan to stay with long-term. Although there is still room for improvement in Classroom (could we integrate a plagiarism checker? or multiple feeds for […]

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