As teachers, I think we do a lot wrong when it comes to teaching presentation skills. We pack slides full of text, expecting a presentation to stand in for a reading assignment; we fail to cite digital images; and we read from our own slides, rather than from presenter notes. So, when we assign student […]
Preparing for a Professional Development session this month, I’ve been compiling ways I’ve used Google+ Community discussions in my high school English classes. Below are my top seven uses. If you have additional suggestions, I would love to hear them and pass them along, as well.
Synchrony. We’ve all seen it as educators. Oftentimes, it is the “Aha!” moment when a particular concept clicks with a student. Increasingly, though, I find that moment occurring in my classroom when students are able to make connections among texts – and between various types of media. Perhaps that’s the result of our students’ increasingly […]
Bloom’s tells us that the highest level of cognition is creation – that in order to create, we must first be able to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and synthesize. However, in my classroom, and I would venture to say, my school site, that step of creation is viewed as far less significant than the […]
Two’s company, right? Certainly, my students seem to think so. I don’t know about your classroom, but oftentimes, I ask students to work together – both in the classroom and at home – because they prefer it. In a perfect classroom, however, I would like students to authentically reach out to their peers across our […]