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Am I voted off the Island? The results are in, and I’m about to find out.

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Am I voted off the Island? The results are in, and I’m about to find out.

Finger poised over the mouse.  Breath on hold.  Prayer spoken silently.  This was the moment I had been both dreading and anticipating.  I was about to open the results of the survey I had sent out to all the junior … Continue reading

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Cursor and Curiouser Wrap Up: 3 Things I’ll Do Differently Next Time

Last Friday was the day my eighth and ninth grade students presented their projects, and they didn’t disappoint!  The projects were amazing and inspiring!  They ranged from pencil art to digital art to the Bermuda triangle to other galaxy systems … Continue reading

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Are you contributing to your student’s pessimistic outlook?

Pessimism, depression, optimism, resiliency.  Why is it that some children (and teenagers and adults) bounce back from hardships easily and others do not?  This is a question that I have been very curious about.  As a teacher, I need to … Continue reading

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Are there similes in science?

All our junior high LA, Social Studies, Science, and Math teachers have been devoting some instructional time to teaching interpreting figurative language.  This is part of our critical reading and thinking strategies.  I’ll be the first to admit, though, that … Continue reading

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Do I really need to know why the author wrote something?

Apparently I haven’t been taking my own philosophy to heart and have been lacking in the critical reading and thinking department.  The picture in my last post was “hijacked” by the online image police (or the photographer).  I was fairly … Continue reading

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Should Collaboration be King?

I’ve been reading a lot lately about how today’s employers are looking for employees who collaborate and work well in groups.  This has translated into a push by many educators to focus on project-based learning, group work, and multi-student presentations.  Now, there is … Continue reading

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Teach Reading? But, I’m the Math Teacher!

Our critical reading and thinking skills initiative was making progress.  We had ironed out what strategies to use, how to assess them formatively and summatively, and how to record our results.  What was left was probably the most important piece: how to teach it … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Eye on the Target

Last week’s post was about why all teachers need to teach critical reading skills, regardless of subject taught.  With this in mind, our junior high teachers set out to test the hypothesis. We had a general plan in mind: all … Continue reading

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