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March Madness in the Classroom? The Madness of March is coming.

March Madness in the Classroom?

You can feel the frenzy of Cinderella stories and brackets busting. The Big Dance. The Road to the Final Four. Call it what you want, but for three weeks, the nation turns its eyes to the NCAA tournament, falling in love with underdogs and holding its breath on each buzzer-beating shot. Hoops hysteria begins on Selection Sunday, the night when millions are glued to ESPN, waiting to see which 68 tickets will be punched to the Big Dance.

As teachers, we should create the same excitement, hope, and drama in our classes. I do AP Lit March Madness, a journey to determine the best work of literature we’ve read all year. Toe to Toe: Wordsworth vs. Here’s how I set it up. Selection Sunday turns into Maker Monday in my class. I tell the students that we’ll spend portions of the next three weeks in our own March Madness, determining our own literary champion. Students are then divided into roles: Open Season This approach isn’t limited to literature. Be creative.

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Ten Good Online Tools for Creating Mind Maps

I've often had my students create mind maps as an exercise in making visual connections between important concepts, events, and people in a unit of study. The following free tools offer good options for creating mind maps online. MindMup is a free mind mapping tool that can be used online, with Google Drive, and on your desktop. MindMup works like most mind mapping tools in that you can create a central idea and add child and sibling nodes all over a blank canvas.

MindMup nodes can contain text and links. Lucidchart offers a simple drag and drop interface for creating flow charts, organizational charts, mind maps, and other types of diagrams. Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping service that is very easy to use. Simple Surface is an online whiteboard tool that you can use to collaboratively create outlines and mind maps. Spider Scribe is an online mind map creation service. College Application Essays Do's and Don'ts  For many years, private colleges routinely granted interviews with admissions officers to prospective students.

College Application Essays Do's and Don'ts 

As the number of students applying has dramatically increased, many colleges have been unable to keep up with such demand and are not interviewing at all or are often providing alumni interviews. As colleges tend to have many applicants with high standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) and impressive academic grades, it inherently becomes harder for schools to effectively differentiate among students. Many colleges, as a result, are looking more closely than in years past at the application essays, extracurricular and community service "resumes" and summer activities.

Admissions teams want to get to know the students, their passions, social skills, versatility and level of confidence, and so they are looking to the essay for the student's humanity and personality. They also want to learn about the student's character. Recommended for Teachers. 6 Technology-Based Poetry Ideas For Students That Think They Hate Poetry. 6 Technology-Based Poetry Ideas For Students That Think They Hate Poetry by Brett Vogelsinger, English Teacher It’s safe to say that of all the genres of literature we study in school, poetry is the most scary–and not just for the students.

6 Technology-Based Poetry Ideas For Students That Think They Hate Poetry

Sometimes poetry gets a bad rap for being too dense, too pretentious, too much of an acquired taste for mainstream consumption. While it’s true that I could name many a poem that fits those descriptors, it’s also true that working with poetry can be a most whimsical, intriguing, dare I say light-hearted experience for you and your students.


Salem Witch Trials. Book Trailers for Readers - home. National Geographic Thematic Maps Launch in New Google Tool. National Geographic has been producing thematic maps for decades, revealing not just physical features but also location-based details on cultures, history, wildlife, science, and more.

National Geographic Thematic Maps Launch in New Google Tool

Now, a treasure trove of more than 500 of those maps are available online in a new service from Google Maps. The National Geographic maps can be found in their own section of Google Maps Gallery, which launched officially on February 27. This includes reference maps, wall maps, National Geographic magazine supplement maps, and other creations from over the years, all laid on top of the relevant Google basemaps. Examples include a detailed map of Civil War battles, a classic Africa wall map, a map of adventure activities in the Dominican Republic, and a map that shows comparative information about the two Koreas. "It's pretty epic to have all this stuff up online," says Frank Biasi, director of digital development for National Geographic Maps in Evergreen, Colorado.

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