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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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Owning Your Show

Let’s begin with some simple math across the curriculum: Nationwide, the average classroom consists of one teacher and twenty-five students. I pulled that little doohicky of a fact from the U.S. Department of Education.  Personally, I think the Dept of … 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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(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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