Don’t Call it a Sheep

Test prep is becoming more insidious. Rather than being outright drill-and-kill for the multiple choice marathon students are forced to take, now it masquerades as "critical thinking skill development" and "article analysis." We've spent the last few months at school designing writing prompts based on articles. We then had the students read the articles, discussRead More

Quickly Format Articles for Annotations

We're working very hard with students on annotating articles in preparation for the new state test sections. The goal is to help them find pertinent information in multiple texts which can be used to construct thorough written responses. We have a standard format...circling unknown words, underlining main ideas, etc, which help students transfer the skillRead More

Play in Class

We're playing with magnets this week in class. (We're actually finishing playing with magnets now.) It's been great and this is by far one of my favorite units to teach because everything is so hands on. We've done lab activities every day. Magnets are accessible. They're approachable by students. They're easy to put your handsRead More

Graduate School Final Project

I promised Stacy Lovdahl I'd post this the other day and then promptly forgot. Sorry, Stacy. I took a graduate course on curriculum development and implementation this semester through Ball State. Not many of the assignments were open-ended enough to make for interesting blog fodder, so I didn't post much. For my final project, IRead More