Over the summer I began work on updating the lesson plans on this website and started thinking more about all of the characteristics I’d want to see in a truly effective learning activity. Sitting in my kids’ classrooms this week for Back to School night and in my own current work with adult learners, […]
Recently I got in a conversation with some teachers about use of exit tickets, which seem to be a relatively common instructional strategy. As we talked, we were surprised to realize several of us had made the same mistake when we first began using this idea. Basically, exit tickets work like this: Near the end […]
This morning I volunteered in my daughter’s 3rd grade classroom and also spent a few minutes in my son’s 2nd grade classroom. It was the first chance I’d had to see their classrooms in action. Last year I wrote about how excited I was about the teachers my kids had, and this year, it looks […]
Yesterday I carried a box into my son’s kindergarten classroom; it was his share day. I noticed a pile of completed homework packets on the teacher’s desk, and immediately thought, “People actually do those things?” Because I don’t make my son do his. And for my daughter, who is in first grade, I don’t make […]
What Makes Grouping Strategies Effective? A Summary of Research Grouping students for instruction has long been a part of our educational system. Most commonly, students are grouped into grade levels by biological age. Grouping by ability has also been a popular method of grouping students, but this type of grouping has become somewhat controversial. Research on ability grouping […]
Informational article with suggestions for ways to prepare for a test
Related Skills: Cause/Effect, Fact/Opinion
Graphic organizers are ways to organize information in a way that makes it more visible, more accessible, and easier to understand.
Maximize your instructional time by using those small blocks of “extra” time to review content, reflect, or work on critical thinking skills, in a fun, easy way.
Teachers make a difference. A number of research studies have shown that the #1 factor on influencing student learning is the effectiveness of the teacher. More than class size, more than curriculum, more than funding… the quality of the teacher makes the biggest difference. Effective Teachers… *** Make Instruction & Learning the Priority Establish clear […]
The What to Do Board that I had in my classroom was one of my very favorite ideas that I stole from another teacher. I just happened to see something like this in a classroom that I was walking through and immediately loved the idea. It’s easy to use, easy for students to understand, and […]
Fun and engaging ways to practice critical thinking with fun puzzles and brain teasers
Turn those extra few minutes of class into valuable time to review vocabulary or content or to reflect on recent learning.