Research – Beginning in Teams

Students often are surprised to learn how much they already know or can gather from resources other than the Internet. This  Information Hunt  can help get your students off to a good start researching information for writing or speaking assignments.  Assigning the questions can be a way of introducing inexperienced researchers to…

Successful Writing Program

An approach proven successful for me has taken several years to develop.  But it does seem to encourage students to do their best work the first time.  This approach includes incremental grading, allotting in-class time for peer responses to second and third drafts, including the class general grading guideline and…

Fall MCTE and NCTE Presentations

Professional Development comes in two forms: **** Presenting workshop sessions during which one shares ones own experiences **** Attending conferences and conventions to meet, greet, hear and learn from others This fall, I'll be able to do both.  First, I'll giving a workshop at the Michigan Council of Teachers of…

Literature Circles

Structured Discussions Modified Literature Circles are a good way to get students to talk about literature and stay on topic.  Attached is an adaptation of the literature circle roles described by Harvey Daniels. This Literature Circle Discussion Guide is easily modified to accommodate students in different grades and for a range of…

Writing From Patterns

Patterning is a great way to have students practice what they learn about language and literature. As you view this set of workshop slides, you'll find lots of ideas you can incorporate into your lessons to help students understand better how stories, poetry, and articles are structured and how to use…

Videos for Teachers

Michael Blau recommends this site with links to videos for teachers. "Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video…

Range of Resources – Common Core Aids

Common Core Teacher Resources Click on any of the lines to be taken to explanations, assignments, and other examples of ways to enhance teaching and improve learning. GENERAL GRADING GUIDELINES General Grading Guidelines for Written Assignments General Grading Guidelines - SLIDES BOOK REPORTS Collage on Common Book or Story -…