Teacher to teacher

April 5, 2018

Snacking on nonfiction in ELA class

For some reason, suffering appeals to my 6th-graders as readers. Because of this consistent interest, each spring I organize book clubs around what I refer to as “social issue” books. This year, I decided to focus exclusively on nonfiction books.

March 1, 2018

Protocols that foster student interaction

It’s a challenge to make sure students are doing meaningful work while also giving them opportunities to engage with one another. Throughout my career as a history teacher, I’ve found success using educational protocols to help my students interact.


February 1, 2018

The benefits of station teaching

It’s not easy to engage students in productive and meaningful discussions in math class while still using scaffolds and differentiation. This is where station teaching can help.

January 4, 2018

‘Peace Place’ a calming option

I help my students learn to advocate for themselves when they need time, space and quiet to process feelings or calm themselves. One strategy I’ve used with success is to create a Peace Place in my classroom.

December 7, 2017

Parental involvement and special-needs students

When working on my doctoral degree in educational psychology, I embarked on a journey to explore the home-school connection for students with special needs, its challenges and the most effective ways to initiate it.

November 2, 2017

Feedback in classroom learning

Creating a classroom culture where feedback is valued and expected requires deliberate and explicit mechanisms.

October 5, 2017

Strengthening PD at your school

Here are some ideas for strengthening the professional learning community at your school.

September 7, 2017

Developing community through classroom circles

Classroom circles serve as a way to build relationships and resolve conflicts in classroom communities.

July 6, 2017

Use the summer to reflect

Regardless of what your summer plans are, please consider adding the 3Rs: rest, rejuvenation and reflection.

June 1, 2017

Getting students to lead the lesson

I find my students are more active and motivated when a classmate is leading the class discussion. But what are some steps that teachers can take to create a foundation that will support meaningful accountable talk?

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