Teacher to teacher

March 2, 2017

Skill-building through the arts

I am a special education teacher who teaches performing arts in a theater program for children on the autism spectrum. I incorporate skill-building in my arts instruction — but these activities could just as easily be integrated into the rest of the classroom day.

February 2, 2017

Creating a student-centered classroom

I have pushed my kids to work at stations so that they spend more time doing hands-on/minds-on work and less time listening to my voice.

January 5, 2017

Show that it’s OK to take risks, make mistakes

Positioning myself as both a teacher and a learner creates a climate of respect and risk-taking, where my students and I can all feel free to take that extra leap and not be afraid to fall.

December 1, 2016

Your community as a classroom

Taking young children outdoors every day is an important and sometimes overlooked part of the early childhood curriculum.

November 3, 2016

Using annotation to strengthen reading

All social studies and English teachers need a strong, go-to reading strategy. I began my teaching career with the typical strategy of asking students questions about the reading.

October 6, 2016

Student-created rubrics

Rubrics that students create themselves are a great way for students to take ownership of their work and have a clear understanding of assessment criteria.

September 8, 2016

How to thrive as a co-teacher

Here’s what I learned in my first year of co-teaching about building and sustaining a productive and positive relationship.

July 7, 2016

Flipping lessons and homework

This year I used a different teaching model that helped me use my time with my high school math students more productively: I “flipped” my class so the lesson was taught at home and traditional homework was done in class.


June 2, 2016

Strategies for teaching ELLs

Supporting English language learners in your classroom is no simple task. Here is a list of strategies you can implement right away.


May 5, 2016

Verdict on mock trials: effective

Have you considered asking your high school students to re-enact famous trials of historical figures like Galileo or Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher or a literary character like Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

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