https://youtu.be/JtQWGbv2K5w Like countless other classroom teachers, I have experienced my share of both inspiring and disappointing lessons by visiting artists, also known as teaching artists. I've seen not one, but two visiting artists lose their tempers with sixth and seventh grade students. I've... Continue Reading →
The first time I announced to a high school class that we were starting a poetry unit I was met with groans and broken-voiced protestations. I realized that no matter how moving or influential the poems I'd selected were, teaching elements... Continue Reading →
Sometimes I miss the good ol' days of grad school and student teaching, sticky Michigan summers and lake effect winters, and strict adherence to the UbD framework by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. To the best of my knowledge, nobody else at my... Continue Reading →
It's no secret that I would love a career in curriculum development. Some educators complain about how it's always changing, and mandates from above seem to disregard teachers' needs, but I actually kind of love it. I like to think that... Continue Reading →
Remember Zone of Proximal Development? It's that sweet spot between what a student knows and can do, and what's out of reach. A student's ZPD is the perfect "challenge level" for that individual. We all learned about ZPD in our teacher... Continue Reading →
The thing is, reading about the evils of racism in books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird, which feature White protagonists, is not the most effective way to prevent or halt the development of prejudice in children and teens.
Note: I will share my lesson schedule and pedagogical methods in a later post. This post is focused on conceptual understanding and task differentiation. My eighth grade English class is almost finished with their drama unit for the year. Right... Continue Reading →