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End-of-the-Year Surveys

For the first time in four years of teaching, I decided to create an end-of-the-year survey for my students to complete. Throughout the year, I have used Google Forms to survey my students’ interests and needs, but as I was … Continue reading End-of-the-Year Surveys

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Summer Reading: Yay or Nay?

As summer approaches, a hot topic seems to be summer reading. Most schools assign a book for each grade level to read during the summer, and those students are then expected to return to school in September in preparation for … Continue reading Summer Reading: Yay or Nay?

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Extending the Lesson into the Real World

As my War & Literature course was coming to a close, I decided to do an alternative assessment that would give my students the opportunity to make a difference in the world. During the semester, I invited a military sergeant … Continue reading Extending the Lesson into the Real World

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Advice for New Teachers

A common topic among my previous posts is advice: advice to teachers from students, advice for teaching in the final month, and advice from seniors to upcoming seniors. Going along with this theme, I thought I’d blog about advice for … Continue reading Advice for New Teachers

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The Final Stretch

With five weeks of school left, students tend to lose interest and become disengaged. They are excited for summer, and with the warm weather, they just want to be outside enjoying themselves. It is even more difficult to keep the … Continue reading The Final Stretch

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Advice to Teachers (from students)

A few months ago, I explained to my classes that I would be absent for a day because I was presenting at a conference for other educators. I asked my students a question: If you could give any advice to … Continue reading Advice to Teachers (from students)

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Learning from My Students

As a teacher and lifelong learner, I am constantly reflecting on my teaching practices and pedagogy, and trying to improve myself in the profession. I’ve spent a ton of money professional learning books, have attended several conferences and educational workshops, … Continue reading Learning from My Students

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Inviting Guest Speakers into the Classroom

Since my first year of teaching, I have taken the initiative to invite guests into my classroom. I always believed that relating class readings to the real-world would engage the students and give them a purpose/motive for studying the literature. … Continue reading Inviting Guest Speakers into the Classroom

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Embracing Social Media in Education

Whenever I tell people that they can find me on Facebook or Twitter, I always get the same incredulous and horrified response: YOU have a Facebook and you’re a teacher?!

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Socratic Seminars: Allowing Students to Take the Lead

My first year of teaching, I often used Literature Circles with my freshmen. For the most part, it was successful, but only if I frequently monitored each group and held each group member responsible for the group’s grade. I liked … Continue reading Socratic Seminars: Allowing Students to Take the Lead

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