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

Using Phrases as a Camera Lens

Howdy, Monarchs! Once you fully understand basic sentence structure (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences), you’re ready to start zooming in on different details by adding phrases to your sentences. There are three types of phrases you can use to zoom … Continued

Everything You Need to Know About Cornell Notes

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Hey Monarchs! Today we’re learning all about Cornell Notes! There are three things I expect you to do today: set up the Cornell Notes template in your notebook, take Cornell Notes on the merits of Cornell Notes, and complete the quiz and … Continued

Mandala Project Directions

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Happy Friday, Monarchs! Today we’re starting our mandala project, which includes an essay, a visual, and a presentation in front of the class. The essay is worth 50 points, and the presentation is worth another 50 points, so the entire … Continued

Daily Lesson Plan Checklist

When faced with the stress of planning new lessons with limited time, it’s easy to plan lessons that are neither efficient nor effective. Be mindful of the trap of “fake teaching” (walking like a teacher and talking like a teacher … 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

Four Steps to Stronger Objectives, Better Learners, and Easier Grading

  Howdy, fellow teachers! If you’re anything like me, you absolutely LOVE writing learning objectives. You dream of writing objectives while on vacation, and you frame the best ones and display them proudly on your living room wall. In fact, writing learning … 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

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

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