The Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching with Videos

It’s been a little more than a year since I started experimenting with video lectures and with flipping my classroom, and I absolutely love it. It seems my students love it too! …as long as they don’t have to do … Continued

Kid-Friendly Analysis: Making Analysis Accessible For All Students

Last year, I left my comfortable position teaching seventh-grade language arts at a small, rural middle school in New Mexico teach high school English and AP Literature to juniors and seniors closer to home. The first few weeks in my … Continued

How to Write Level Three Questions: A Four-Step Process

Why ask strong questions about a text? Good readers always ask questions about the text, even when they don’t know how to find the answer. Questions help to deepen understanding about a text, and strong questions force you to look … Continued

How to Use Textual Evidence in Your Writing

Essential Question: How can I use textual evidence to support my claims? When we write in an academic capacity (that’s a fancy pants way of saying “when we write for school”), we’re always expected to use textual evidence to support … Continued

Reading Comprehension 101: Five Strategies for Scaffolding Challenging Texts for Not-English Teachers

Welcome, Teachers! A few weeks ago, our instructional coach, Val Hoose, asked me to help her plan and run a professional development session on reading comprehension for teachers who teach math, science, social studies, and various electives, as well as … Continued

Quills and Thrills: Writing Prompt Week Two

Greetings, Quillers and Thrillers! Welcome back to Quills and Thrills: Creative Writing for the Google Generation! If you were here last week, I hope you got your Ten Commandments of Digital Citizenship pledge and permission form signed by your parents … Continued

My First Flippin’ Video

Hot diggity, dear reader! I finished editing my first flipped video last night, and I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out! You can see it below. Many thanks to Abacaba, Kate Gardoqui, and Gastondeluxe for the video clips! Video Recording and Editing … Continued

Flippin’ Flipped Learning, Yo!

Hey there, dear reader! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I spent the past month traveling to San Diego and Denver, partaking in Netflix binges (Sense8, anyone?) and brewery shenanigans, and researching how to implement the flipped classroom … Continued

Professional Development 2.0

Greetings, dear reader! I have a question for you. How many professional development (PD) workshops, seminars, classes, trips, etc. have you attended this summer? Zero? One? Two? Or are you crazy like me and working on your fifth? Here’s another … Continued

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