Classroom Management

New Ways of Handling ISS: An Opportunity for Meaningful Intervention

I'm reading through Setting Limits in the Classroom: 3rd Edition, and even though it was written more toward elementary and middle schoolers, I find myself thinking about how some high schoolers are mentally and behaviorally similar, which often leads to referrals and suspensions. Reflecting on what ISS is like now, it's been a way for students… Continue reading New Ways of Handling ISS: An Opportunity for Meaningful Intervention

Classroom Management

Detention?! How About “Student Check-In Conferences”

I found out I'm teaching freshmen this year and have been busy fine-tuning and perfecting my syllabus, classroom, grading policy, etc. ever since. I was then reading The Growth Mindset Coach and Lost at School and realized that I'm losing an opportunity to help students. My normal detentions are basically a retention of the students for a time… Continue reading Detention?! How About “Student Check-In Conferences”

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Lessons from Student-Made Digital BreakoutEDU Games in “old” Google Sites

My students have successfully graduated from, "What are we supposed to do?" to "This lock was really easy!" A few weeks ago, I posted about my students' initial reactions to digital BreakoutEDU (if you haven't heard about it, go check it out!). I wanted my students to become more independent, self-directed learners who could collaborate… Continue reading Lessons from Student-Made Digital BreakoutEDU Games in “old” Google Sites

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Using Google Sheets to Teach Budgeting Skills to Students

I'm just the English teacher, but when I polled my students and asked how many of them knew how to budget, out of a class of 28, only 4 students raised their hands. This class was a mix of 9th-12th graders and only FOUR knew how to make a budget. I then asked them if… Continue reading Using Google Sheets to Teach Budgeting Skills to Students

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Independent Thinking with Digital Breakout EDU

I love throwing problems at my students and having them use their brain power to solve them. They are challenged and grow based upon these types of problems that are new to them, that they don't know yet how to approach. It stretches their minds and requires them to run trial-and-error like thoughts. I did… Continue reading Independent Thinking with Digital Breakout EDU

Classroom Management · Techie Tips

Late Points Calculator in Google Sheets

I'm an English teacher so anything math based can cause me a little trouble and doubt, especially when it comes to grading late assignments. I usually have two or three calendars hung up around my desk and each time I need to calculate late point deductions, I point at each little square at the calendar.… Continue reading Late Points Calculator in Google Sheets

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Using Google Auto Draw for Artistically Challenged Teachers

I can't draw a straight line to save my life. Especially not with a touchpad or a mouse. SmartBoard lines are almost worse. Students often mock and jeer at any objects I try to project in 2D on the board. It truly is laughable. But NO LONGER! Now Google Auto Draw is here! I finally… Continue reading Using Google Auto Draw for Artistically Challenged Teachers

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Using Non-Linear Thinking in the Classroom

Many education experts and gurus are touting the benefits of teaching students more non-linear thinking strategies. Methods include project-based learning, student-initiated learning, inquiry-based lessons, Hour of Code, and Genius Hour. One lesson is to have students practice their inductive reasoning skills. I always confuse inductive with deductive. Inductive is when students are given a set… Continue reading Using Non-Linear Thinking in the Classroom