Category Archives: Useful Junk (Ideas free for stealing)

Notecard Check-ins (the short and simple version)

Who: Every kid you teach What:  Brief, simple check-ins on paper in order to get kids’ direct and honest feedback on anything. When:  Whenever the hell you feel like it.  But ideally, at least once per quarter. Where: On a … Continue reading

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Analogies for Class Feedback

What your students think about your class matters. Those of you who have already been in the classroom for a month ought to be well on your way to developing a feel for your kids, a feel for how things … Continue reading

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21 Things to Do With an Index Card

Have the kids draw a mini-mural in three minutes or less that represents the day’s lesson, then explain it to a classmate. Do a three question Get-To-Know-You at the beginning of the year:  a)How are you feeling about taking this … Continue reading

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Useful Junk: An Encore

First things first…a little business here.  Being the cutting-edge technology geek that I am, I have taken the trend-setting step of getting a Twitter account.  Now, since this is something relatively new to the online world, I’m aware that most … Continue reading

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Useful Junk: You On A Page (and other useless babble)

(I babble a lot.  You want to steal my form?  Skip the babble and click here.  But you’ll miss out on all my cleverness, I’ll have you know.) You know what’s scintillating? Kicking off your school year with a big … Continue reading

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(Re)Norming

From Post Winter Break Plans –#1 – (Re)Norming My honors level three students cannot pass papers to save their lives. My fifth hour students cannot transition activities without talking to every classmate within a fifteen-foot radius.  My Spanish ones refuse to speak Spanish … Continue reading

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Useful Junk: Post Winter Break Plans

Winter break saves my life. By mid-December, teachers are usually reduced to a) tears b) babbling idiots or c) snark machines with only minimal sarcasm control. “Hey, Ms. Smith!”  A student busted into my classroom on the second to last … Continue reading

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