Yes, it's two of the sixth graders' all time favorites: The House of Hades and Hunger Games. Both novels have loyal followers. The contest will be decided this Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Stay tuned!
What is a 21st century learner? Equally important, what does a 21st century classroom look like? It’s important that students learn the same content they always have. They will need reading and writing, math, science, and social studies. They will also need interpersonal skills like teamwork and collaboration, as well as skills learned on the playground like… Continue reading What is a 21st Century Learner?
Managing the classroom behavior is something every teacher struggles with. Some classes are harder to deal with than others, but they all require some system of reward and consequence to keep the peace and allow lessons to occur without disruption. In the twenty years I've taught, behavior management has included some combination of earning Behavior… Continue reading Behavior Management
You can blame large class sizes, teacher experience or salary, or parent involvement in the home, to name a few, but there is no simple answer to the problems of public education. The responsibility must be shared. In Finland, recently touted as a model for public education, students are given no homework. The younger students have… Continue reading Improving Public Education
As a teacher, I know I influence students every day. I strive to be a good role model and show them passion for learning, excitement about reading and reading, pride in their math skills. Young people are greatly shaped by their environment. If they are around positive energy, they may absorb it. I find… Continue reading Influencing Youth
When I first became a student teacher in 1996, I was shocked by the number of students who didn't turn in homework. I always did my homework in school. In fact, it never even occurred to me not to do it. Nineteen years later, I am not so much shocked as I am disappointed. In… Continue reading Missing Work
At the end of the last school year, I had my fifth and sixth grade students write a letter to me telling about their experience with Reader's Workshop in my class during the year. Here are some of their comments. "Reading used to be a chore for me. Now reading is like a game, a… Continue reading Food for Thought