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