Category Archives: Learning

Instagram: Document and Share Grammar Gaffes

Last week while out to dinner with my family, I stumbled across a sign with a blatant grammar error. I froze in front of the sign eyes wide and mouth agape. My initial reaction was one of disappointment because my students were … Continue reading

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Teaching Speaking & Listening Skills for Today’s Student

In the last few weeks, I’ve heard several adults comment on how sad it is that students today are always on their devices and, as a result, don’t communicate with the person sitting right next to them. I can understand the … Continue reading

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Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

Discussion can be a powerful tool for learning yet engaging all students in equitable discussions can be challenging. When I began teaching, I was frustrated because in-class discussions were dominated by a small group of vocal students while the rest of … Continue reading

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Creating Memes to Explore Themes

Yesterday, I stumbled onto the KQED YouTube video about making memes. I love memes! A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied–often with slight variations–and spread rapidly by Internet users. I decided I wanted to … Continue reading

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Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation

RSA animation is essentially whiteboard animation. The artist draws pictures on a whiteboard to depict concepts using a combination of words and pictures. If you’ve never seen an RSA animation, I’d suggest watching “Changing Educational Paradigms” which took a section … Continue reading

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Thesis Statement Throwdown!

Every English teacher has experienced the frustration of introducing a writing skill, like how to write a thesis statement, over and over again without it “sticking.” Three years ago, I began “flipping” my writing instruction, so students watch videos on … Continue reading

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Favorite Chrome Extension for Writing: Grammarly

Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! Editing your own work … Continue reading

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Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! I’m always on the … Continue reading

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Google Drive: The Basics

For teachers who are just getting started with Google, Google Drive can be intimidating! In preparation for a Google training, I’ve put together a short explanation of Google Drive and its basic features. Although an increasing number of people have a … Continue reading

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New Tradition: Family Reading Time

Most of my blog posts are inspired by the work I do with my high school students. This post is inspired by my own children–ages 6 and 7. My children attend a Spanish immersion school, where they receive 90% of … Continue reading

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