As we continue to shift to blended/distance learning, many of us have discovered how easy it is to take the worksheets we created in Word (designed for the copy machine) and upload them into Google Docs to assign them digitally to our students. That’s the easy part. What’s not so easy is the review/grading. Students […]

Whether we’re going back to school in person or virtually or some combination of the two, I think we can all agree that our job from the start is two-fold: not only do we need to teach our content, but we need to teach our students to use the technology.   A few years ago, I […]

We need to help our students dig deeper into the text.  We want them to understand–to make connections, to be able to explain what they’ve read, to use this knowledge after they’ve left our classrooms.

How many of us have stacks upon stacks on our desks and almost every other flat surface in the classroom? Use this system to get the papers under control so you can get things done.

These five easy-to-manage strategies will help your students process their understanding and show them (and you) what they do and don’t know.

Approaching rubrics as an instructional tool (as opposed to an evaluation technique) makes them much more powerful. To maximize the value, we need to simplify the tool.

The most common request I have received this year as a literacy coach is to cover a teacher’s class. Just kidding. That’s the second-most common request.   Seriously, the practice that most of the teachers at my school seek my help with is questioning–specifically, how to write questions for the informational text they are using […]

Improve the look of your handouts (and eliminate hours of future frustration) with one simple trick.

When teachers ask why I use PowerPoint to create documents, I have a very simple answer: It saves TIME!

Here are 10 mostly low-prep options to credit those who did the reading and give the others some insight into what they missed.