The Power of Reviewing

This year, as I transition from the university to middle and high school, I have learned a lot that will change how I teach next year. The most dramatic change will probably be to review a LOT more than I have been this year. At the beginning of the school year, after a nice summer … Continue reading The Power of Reviewing

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Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better

One of the great things at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville is that, each year, teachers can meet as a book club to discuss a book about education, learning, and teaching. This year, I was happy to be a part of the book study of Ulrich Boser's Learn Better about the process of learning and what … Continue reading Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better

Introverts and ClassDojo

Before winter break, I read the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids. It was enlightening for me on a personal level and as a teacher. Susan Cain talks about the qualities of introverts and their tendencies as students and people in other social situations. They tend to: Be quiet but on task … Continue reading Introverts and ClassDojo

Lecture worksheets

This semester, as I walked around my classroom, I noticed that students' notes and notebooks were somewhat sparse and disorganized. In fact, they were mainly the paradigm charts.... often without explanation. This disturbed me, but I saw why their notes were this way. Students copied what I wrote on the board (or PowerPoint) or they … Continue reading Lecture worksheets

Who drives your classes?

My recent silence in the blogosphere is a reflection of moving to a new school and attempting to shift my pedagogical mindset.  I will be starting, this fall, at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, which has a great reputation and many qualities that encourage a great educational experience. It also has several qualities, like easy … Continue reading Who drives your classes?

Rules for Discussion

While researching for my recent post about politics in the classroom, I came across this excellent quotation: "If children become accustomed to discussing their differences in a rational way in the primary years, they are more likely to accept it as normal in their adolescence. Citizenship education helps equip young people to deal with situations … Continue reading Rules for Discussion