I spent this past year teaching an 9th grade repeater English class. While the original concept of this class (a small class where I could work intensely with the students) never really panned out, it quickly became one of the most…"
"Alan, I am loving your blogs!
I think that great teachers are molded, not born or made. In order to be willing to be molded there is a certain set of beliefs that a teacher must have.
What is in this set?
Well the most important and basic is the…"
"Just by looking at the requirements that are required to get into this school, it doesn't surprise me that it rates among the highest in California. The article states students are "academically motivated", have "near-perfect…"
"Ugh, I have mixed feelings about this movie. It's really the mixed feelings I have about a lot of movies based on real life characters. While the story, as told in the film, is inspiring and uplifting it's what happened to Rudy in his life…"
Most movies these days are not worth remembering. They seek only to entertain, not inform or transform our way of thinking. Here is a place to share movies that, like great books, have changed us as people. and as writers. Post YouTube clips.See More
"Ken, we have both boys and girls reading Twilight at our school. The boys like the action and the girls like the love story. Both sexes seem to really like The Hunger Games.
I just finished reading Chris Crutcher's Deadline. It a story about a…"
"I believe this involves a sort of contract that spells out what is expected of the student, parent and teacher. (It's a Baldrige idea which actually is a good one). If everyone is to be held accountable, which it seems few are these days,…"
We used give PLATO tests for Math and English for our 9th graders on the computer and it was a disaster. Even after giving students the proper set up for the tests (reasons for it, it's testing what you've already learned, blah,…"
"I want to be able to control the weather like Storm. That way I could always have a snow day when I wanted, make sure the weather was crappy on test days so the students wouldn't be distracted andmy weekends would never be ruined by bad weather."
Last summer, I got sucked into the Twilight books too! Gotta read what the kids are into. A lot tweens & teens in our district are reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This book is pretty cool. The illustrations are phenomenal and are an essential part to the story. If you have some spare time, check out Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff. This book is fun reading and clever in the the sense that it requires the reader to make inferences throughout the book to build the story (due to the various text mediums)...an awesome teaching tool.
A forum for kinesthetic lessons, tips, problems, and encouragement. Also successes, and research facts to back up the idea that moving and learning do not have to be separate concepts. Come on! Jump in!
We know it's there, but how do we use it, teach it, assess it, enjoy it? Let's have an open forum to talk about expereiences, lessons, activities, research; more importantly, how do you make the connection in your life?
Here is a place to share ideas that transform students into lifelong writers and help them succeed on any writing test, including STAAR. Download lessons from Barry Lane, Gretchen Bernabei and Alana Morris to add to your tool box. See More