Words matter greatly. They have remarkable power to build up or tear down. This is especially true in the classroom setting. In the book Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge encourage teachers to use language that supports academic learning development of self-control, and builds community (p. 144). Some specific … Continue reading Using Supportive Language
I’m sure entering this week you had great plans for your classroom. Of course, Mother Nature certainly found ways to interrupt your map for the week! Now you might be asking, “Where do we go next?” When I asked myself this question, I immediately thought back to backward design. You may recall that backward design … Continue reading WHERE Do We Go Next?
Educators are well aware of the benefits of students engaging in their learning experiences, but they often find it difficult to keep students focused and actively participating in the traditional classroom setting. In the book Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge encourage teachers to engage students in authentic, relevant, … Continue reading Three Models to Increase Student Engagement
My senior writing class sticks in my memory as one of my favorite classes. I learned much about research and writing because the learning was personalized. I was able to research whatever I wanted, and I chose to study the performance and compositional life of the Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini. I remember being excited … Continue reading Make It Personal