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Designing a Syllabus Painlessly - Spark Creativity. When school begins, there is always SO MUCH to do. So much of it I love, but a few of the necessary activities just seem to drag on my time. I think we can all agree that watching the video on blood borne pathogens for the thousandth time is not an exciting launch to the year. But creating an inspiring classroom space and rolling out dynamic fall units is a blast. Shopping for new office supplies is not really an onerous task either... I like to focus my attention on the things that inspire and motivate me, and always find myself slow in getting around to typing up my syllabus. Can you relate? Though I love creating courses, I have never been the best at summarizing them in a neat little package for my students on the syllabus.

So I condense and condense, and pass it out on the first day. So what to do about the syllabus? So what should you put in this dynamic little document? Elements like these: Copy of Ongoing Self Assessment & Learning Log. 2007 Outline AmericanLiterature English Digital. 20 Years Gradeless: Having My Cake and Eating It Too – Teachers Going Gradeless. How To Write Long Range Plans - 2 Peas and a Dog. Long Range Plans sometimes called Scope and Sequence are important for digging deeper into the curriculum (standards), and to ensure you cover all the required material before the end of the year. Here is my process for creating long range plans for the subjects I teach: 1. Print off a paper copy or use a digital monthly calendar for your school year. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Although writing long range plans may seem like a daunting task, it is a valuable experience. How to Grade Faster - David Rickert. Share on Facebook83 shares on Facebook Share on StumbleUpon0 shares on StumbleUpon I don’t know a single teacher who would rather grade than teach (and if you do, give me your address. I’ll send you a large package with a self-addressed stamped envelope with some essays. Thanks!) However, grading essays, tests, and homework is part of the responsibility of being a teacher. If students would simply learn everything that we taught them, we wouldn’t need to grade anything at all! But they don’t, so we have to grade assessments to make sure that they have learned what they need to know, and make adjustment if they don’t. If you’re an English teacher like me, you can easily be bombarded with papers.

Set a deadline. My goal is to get papers back a week after they are handed in. If you’re especially brave, tell your students your goal. Find your most productive time. I have 1st period and 7th period off, and I’m a much quicker grader in the morning than in the afternoon. Create cues. 1 Crowd-Sourcing for Strategies for Question Descriptors. Are You a Curator or a Dumper? 9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students.

Which TED Talks do students love? We asked TED-Ed Club Members around the world to share their favorites. Below, check out 9 great talks recommended by and for young people: 1. Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. To celebrate and amplify youth voices in your community, start a TED-Ed Club. Author bio: Annie Brodsky is a university student and occasional intern at TED-Ed. Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model. Whenever I’m asked the question, “How do we fix education?” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom.

I passionately believe the most effective learning communities are those that allow teachers to spend more time working individually or in small groups with their students to customize and personalize instruction. Smaller learning communities also provide students with more opportunities to work collaboratively and engage in a variety of activities that appeal to different learning modalities (auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic). Students engage with the world in different ways, so it’s important to keep activities and tasks varied to ensure every student is able to receive and process information in a way that works for them. Station Rotation Model This model is flexible and can work with almost any age level or subject area. What is the objective of each station? Response: Underused Teaching and Learning Strategies.

(This is the first post in a four-part series) The new question-of-the-week is: What is an instructional strategy and/or teaching concept that you think is under-used/under-appreciated in the classroom that you think should be practiced more widely? There are tons of different teaching and learning strategies out there. As the saying goes, there are more than you can shake a sick at! This series will look at—out of all of them—which might be superior ones that are under-used by educators.

Today, Kathy Glass, Amber Chandler, Carol Salva, Jennifer Davis Bowman, and Janet Allen propose their "nominees. " My choice for an under-used and effective instructional strategy is inductive teaching. In the inductive process, students seek patterns and use them to identify their broader meanings and significance. I've used this kind of "assisted-discover" or "guided discovery" method countless times with both English Language Learner and English-proficient students.

Response From Kathy Glass Kathy T. Ask. Dogfooding: Do You Do Your Own Assignments? Is Your Classroom Academically Safe? Collaboration 4 Ways. The Classroom It had been a great week in the classroom: we had shared our stories, written in our notebooks, and analyzed Queen’s awesome “Bohemian Rhapsody” (if that’s not a “fun on a bun” way to dive into rhetorical analysis, I’m not sure what is!). But despite my best intentions, I had not faithfully modeled engagement with writing mini lessons (ML’s) and folded in collaboration the way I intended. Okay, or much at all.

You know how it goes . . . you nibble some off this end and things slide a little at the other end. So, I found myself without time–as I so often do (Help Pacing Gods and Goddesses! Thus, Collaboration 4 Ways was born. I modeled collaborating with a mentor text, using an online sample off NPR’s site, taking note of what worked. Here’s what I mixed up–with student collaboration–on the doc cam. And, I did this all in 10-15 minutes (what I had originally allotted each day to teach each one of those separately).

Discovery: Truth: Possibilities precede problem-solving. How to Host a Classroom Murder Mystery – Engaging and Effective Teaching. My murder mystery lesson is by far my students’ favorite – and for good reason! They get to be a part of the story, walk around and engage with classmates, and compete to see who can solve the mystery first! Here’s a link to my classroom mystery resources via TeachersPayTeachers, or read on to learn how to create your own. I actually don’t use a murder. To tone it down a bit I wrote out the background that Angela, a cheerleader and valedictorian, was pushed down a stairwell. I chose high school as a setting because that is what my students are familiar with most.

My first attempt at this I found a free murder mystery party online that I adapted for my needs. I included 15 characters in my story. Here’s a sample of one of my character cards I give to the students. I break it down into different parts to help the students understand what is essential information for them to give out in order for the game to work. Here’s what mine looks like. All good detectives need to take notes. SaveSave. English Activities for High School You'll Want to Try Right Now. Engaging middle and high schoolers can sometimes be tricky. How many times have you planned (what you think is) a cool and exciting lesson, only to walk away feeling pretty bummed and discouraged when your hip activity is a bust?

Believe me. I get it. I’ve tried creating lessons that I am positive (most) of my kids will love and appreciate. Sometimes, my efforts fall flat. 1. My students in both middle and high school love true crime. 2. Not all teenagers are familiar with podcasts, but it’s a great way to introduce lessons in an interesting way.

Podcasts encourage students to be actively engaged, because the information being shared must be processed and visualized by the students as it’s being said. 3. My students love being in charge of leading “chapter chats” in small groups. 4. We just finished reading The Great Gatsby, and since throwing lavish parties was Gatsby’s thing, we threw our own 1920s soiree. 5. What are your favorite English activities for high school? Edutopia. Going gradeless…mapping learning. | Parent Teacher Conferences. I feel compelled to share two experiences from my classroom today that seem to, in many ways, sum up why I’ve decided to go “gradeless” this year and how it has changed the day-to-day experience in my classroom.

For those that haven’t read earlier posts, I teach a 7th grade Humanities course. I technically teach English and Social Studies, but given that I teach them to the same students, I have created, with a lot of help and inspiration from the teacher who came before me and laid the groundwork, a course I’ve deemed “A Walk Around the World”. We study each region of the world, read historical fiction and nonfiction from each region while we are “in it”, and study the current events, history, and culture of particular areas and/or countries of that part of the world. We begin each unit by simply memorizing the countries of that region and placing them correctly on the map. It seems like a daunting task for the students at first, but they love the challenge and rise to it. Like this:

How to Plan a Lesson, a Unit, or Even a Curriculum. This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about lesson, unit, and curriculum planning. Middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed how they begin the planning process and what a daily lesson plan looks like. Teachers also shared how to build in assessment throughout a unit and where to start when planning an entire curriculum. Read through the chat below to find a planning strategy that works for you. You'll get ideas about what to do when there are texts you are required to teach. You'll also find ways to assess students' understanding without grading everything. Hope you'll join us next week for another chat. [<a href="//storify.com/literarymaven/how-to-plan-a-lesson-a-unit-or-even-a-curriculum" target="_blank">View the story "How to Plan a Lesson, a Unit, or Even a Curriculum" on Storify</a>]

Introducing the One-Sentence Lesson Plan. Foundation Lesson The Post Mortem of a Protagonist (1) Teaching materials from the David Foster Wallace archive. Teaching materials from the David Foster Wallace archive Share this page A small but significant portion of the David Foster Wallace archive represents his teaching career, from his graduate school years through to his work as a faculty member at Pomona College in the years before his death.

Wallace not only had high expectations for his students, but took his own role as a teacher very seriously. Syllabi, paper topic handouts, quizzes, vocabulary lists, heavily annotated teaching texts, and other documents dating from the late 1980s to 2008 are represented in the collection. Shown here are assignments and books representing various periods in his teaching career. To order images at a higher resolution for research use or for publication, please contact us. Syllabus for David Foster Wallace's class "English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall '94" Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Document for David Foster Wallace's class entitled "Papers for 102: Rules, Guidelines, and Topics" How Can I Organize My Research? Copy of Essay Feedback Reflection.

How Both Students and Teachers Can Use Anchor Charts. In my last post, “Why I’m Happy to Post ‘Cheat Sheets’ on my Classroom Walls,” I discussed why and how I use anchor charts, vocabulary word walls, and a permanently posted timeline. Thanks to Hillary King, from Magnolia Public Schools, for the recent email asking for more specifics about how I use anchor charts in my room: “Specifically, I am curious as to how you A) discuss and share them with kids (rather than just putting them up) and B) your process in using them as annotation tools.” In the same way that we can’t teach grammar by simply mentioning it, Hilary is spot on with anchor charts: we’ve got to do more than simply put them up on the wall. In my room, I start a new anchor chart with each new unit. The anchor chart is blank except for the unit’s driving question. In my history class, this is the end-of-unit essay question.

As the unit progresses and new academic vocabulary words are introduced, I add them to the anchor chart, grouping them by category. But wait–there’s more! Jessica Keigan's Profile | Horizon High | Curriculum | BetterLesson. Jessica Keigan curriculum about me 10th Grade ELA 153 Lessons Horizon High Thornton, CO Student Environment: Suburban Similar Master Teachers Christopher Arnett 10th Grade English 157 Lessons Geneva Community High School Geneva, IL Lindsay Thompson 127 Lessons Fort Osage High Independence, MO Elizabeth Slaine 96 Lessons Tucson Magnet High School Tucson, AZ 10th Grade ELA (18 Units, 153 Lessons) Unit 1 - Establishing a Classroom Culture: Reading and Writing (6 Lessons) Scroll Up Scroll Down 1. Big Idea: In order for students to learn, they need to feel safe. Standards: Favorites (22) Resources (14) Reflections (1) 2. Big Idea: Reading a graphic novel is very different than reading a traditional narrative text.

Favorites (16) Resources (19) Reflections (2) 3. Big Idea: What can your kids do? RL.9-10.4 RL.9-10.10 RI.9-10.10 W.9-10.2 W.9-10.2b W.9-10.5 SL.9-10.1 Favorites (12) Resources (16) Reflections (2) 4. Favorites (33) Resources (12) Reflections (1) 5. Favorites (8) Resources (14) Reflections (1) Ww2.kqed. It's No Laughing Matter - For Teachers. Teaching Literary Analysis. Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills. Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that analysis should come at the fourth level, right after comprehension and application. What this means is that students must be able to understand and describe the text before they are able to analyze its elements.

Teaching literary analysis is often a daunting and overwhelming task. After all, it is essentially guiding students slowly through the process of critical thinking and understanding literature. That’s not a simple undertaking. Most importantly, with so many ways to go about doing it, where to begin? To guide students toward discovering literature all on their own, the steps of this process need to be introduced in a simplified form. 1.

Some students need guidance when choosing a topic, but others have ideas that they would like to explore. CharactersThemesLiterary devicesSettingNarrative. 2. 3. 4. Introduce Evidence Analyze 5. Log in | Share My Lesson. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Film Analysis Packet | TpT. Grading Thinking…The Struggle – Things Mr.G says. A Mentor Classroom Approach. Scaffolding the Literary Analysis Response. Use Hyper Docs To Increase Student Engagement - 2 Peas and a Dog. The Many Uses for Index Cards. High School English Bulletin Board, Epic Opening Lines, FREE & Easy to Build. Flipgrid - Video for student engagement and formative assessment. Kiddom: Standards-Based Grading Made Wonderful | Cult of Pedagogy.

Binder basics {how to make a teacher planning binder} Teacher organization tips - planning binder | KindergartenWorks. EC planner mini post-its template.pptx. O-H So Blessed!: Erin Condren + post-its = LOVE! Pinterest. Common Curriculum. EDpuzzle. Lesson Planning Tool. The Reflective Teacher Plan... by Excelling In English. Complexity -- What Does it Mean and How to Teach it. The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | Cult of Pedagogy. Teacher Bullet Journal Flipthrough. Teacher Binder Bundle Edita... by Tracee Orman.

Plan de leçon 2017 2018 professeur Agenda 2017-2018 Agenda. Free Teacher Binder Printables: Over 25 Pretty Planning Templates! 21 Teacher Planner Spreads That Will Give You #OrganizationGoals - WeAreTeachers. Where Can I Get A Teacher Planner? | Top Notch Teaching. Common Curriculum. Time & ToDo Planner. 16 Bullet Journal Layouts for Educators – Pretty Prints & Paper. Your Back-To-School Backpack: Support For The New School Year. DIY Lesson Plan Book (and Pinterest Inspired Presidents)