Planning for First Month – 1

Get Off to a Good Start - 1 Consider thematic units that may be drawn from Essential Questions. Once you decide on themes or essential questions for the first quarter or semester, you could ask the students to choose the themes/questions for the subsequent ones.  Almost any piece of fiction/non-fiction can be…

PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT

A Thrilling and Chilling Ride Anna J. Small Roseboro, National Board Certified Teacher Past President of the California Association of Teachers of English*   Education policy is on a roller coaster ride that is both thrilling and chilling. Those of us who teach the English/language arts were excited about the research…

Writing in Eighth Grade

Age Appropriate Themes A colleague on social network for teachers posted this query. Because many of you are considering similar issues as you plan for the school year, I decided to include my response as a blog. What themes do you think would resonate with 8 graders that might incorporate all…

Summer Institute on Assessment

Still time to register and attend!   Institute on Critical Issues: Assessment July 17-19, 2014 No matter the status of your school assessment plans, the Institute on Critical Issues: Assessment provides a phenomenal opportunity to write, review, or critique them. The Institute, with its focus on assessment for school leaders and teachers, offers you the…

Summer Institute 2014 on Assessment

Assessment, Evaluation, Assessment Need time to expand your understanding of options for teacher evaluation, student evaluation and curriculum design evaluation? Come to Conference on English Leadership's Summer Institute on Critical Issues. This year the feature is ASSESSMENT and we'll be meeting July 17-19 on Elmhurst College campus, (near Chicago) to…

On Leadership – May

More Effective Meetings Do you have an end of the year meetings to plan and lead?  Here are some ideas that confirm some discussed at NCTE 2014 leadership workshops* in Boston. See article How to get the most out of faculty meetings By Naphtali Hoff on May 1st, 2014   Will one of…

Summative Assessments

Prepping for Exams Students should not be surprised about what they are expected to know and be able to do on an exam.  As you prepare the  summative assessment or final exam for your course, consider ways you can help your students review effectively and then use exam time efficiently.…

Prepare for Exams

Prepare to Assess Successfully You can begin now and ensure that your students will be ready to do well on the semester exam.   First, write in your own words specifically what plan to measure.  Consider these ideas.   (1) How well students recall what you’ve taught about ______________. (2)…
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