As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, I have a few reflections. As a middle school teacher I do not get showered with as many gifts as my elementary teacher friends, but I do feel appreciated. This week has been filled with little notes and cards from my students and parents. I have ...Read the rest of this topic
Working with Special Populations
Does anyone have suggestions on good educational reading? I am looking for books for the summer that will help with non-motivated students.
My principle suggested:
Has anyone read this book?
Does anyone have suggestions on other summer reading?
Round Robin - Students are given a discussion topic and individually students share their response with the group one at a time. Every member in the group is allotted the same amount of time.
Inside/Outside Circles - Students form two circles, one inside the other. The circles move ...Read the rest of this topic
Needing a free translation app to help communicate with students that speak different languages? Say Hi is a free and easy to use app for the phone. According to the website, the teacher can "Have a conversation in two languages and easily understand each other,"
The app is free from the Apple ...Read the rest of this topic
Google Translate is my friend!!! I do not work for Google, but a big shout out goes to those developers that have created Google Translate. This app is a great too to use on your phone or I pad when working with second language learners. Just the other day, I was able to have a tutorial ...Read the rest of this topic
When asking struggling learners to read, consider using a technique called backwards reading. First, always keep reading passages short (even if you have to shorten primary sources by only using the most important parts). One paragraph or a one-pager is always a good place to start. Have ...Read the rest of this topic
Quote from Frances Sellers from Dickinson Independent School District, Texas
"I placed my high needs students in a group with medium to high performers so that they would have someone to lead them. I also narrowed down what each high needs student was responsible for and gave them more ...Read the rest of this topic