Category Archives: Thinking About Teaching

Structuring for Choice—The Teacher’s Role

  UPDATE  January 18, 2016 Angela Watson has an excellent article about helping students become more effective at managing their own learning.  Hope you’ll take the time to check it out.  Her suggestions are always very direct, clear, and easy … Continue reading

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Objectives and Inquiry

I don’t think directed, structured instruction has to look as if it is directed and structured. I believe in inquiry-based learning, learning where a problem is put out there and children dissect, investigate, observe, manipulate, explore, construct, test, analyze, evaluate, … Continue reading

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Playful Learning with Classroom Museums

Classroom museums and research centers provide materials to set up classroom centers that allow students to study themes through exploration, manipulation, and inquiry, based on their curiosity and interests. Abstract concepts become more accessible by presenting them as concrete activities, objects, and … Continue reading

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Kids as Teachers

I am always amazed at how proficient children are when they are given half a chance. Recently I was working with a group of first graders of varying achievement levels in reading. While I was working with one small group, … Continue reading

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The Power of REAL

I learned about the power that REAL learning can have on motivating students during my Master’s Degree training and later experiences with my own students. I started my Master’s Degree in Special Education after I had been teaching elementary school … Continue reading

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All About Me–Writing Lesson Plans

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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Inclusion: Language at the Center

Language is the center of learning. In fact, it’s at the center of all we do. It’s how we express our needs, and work together. It’s not a strange idea that language should be the core of classroom life. Language … Continue reading

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Syrian Mezon Almellehan & Pakistani Malala Yousafzai On Education, Not War

Originally posted on The Human Lens:
               These Muslim Feminist Girls Duo Say Pens, Not Bombs Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel peace prize and a champion of education rights for children,…

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Inclusion: Try a Workshop Style Approach

Workshop style teaching involves presenting a lesson to the whole group, releasing students to practice the lesson skills presented, working individually with students and small groups during the work period in order to learn more about what the students can … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary Teaching Impossible in US?

I was really surprised to read on another teacher’s blog: “standards and testing have made interdisciplinary teaching almost impossible in the US.”   HUH? Interdisciplinary teaching just requires that all subjects be organized to correlate with and compliment each other. … Continue reading

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