No doubt about it–video is a powerful learning tool. Here are three quick tips to improve the quality of the YouTube videos you share with your students.

It is easy to facilitate, fun to play, and requires a cooperative effort–students have to work together to get the right answers.

Use this free organizer to help your students make the switch from persuasion to argument.

A few “tricks up your sleeve” to use for last-minute sub plans, a few spare minutes, or when the copy machine breaks.

Resolve to share a poem a day (or every other day?) with your students.

Carve out some time this season to show your spirit, treating your students to a little fun and a lot of learning.

Last week I pinned my 1,000th pin on Pinterest.  One thousand good teaching ideas!  I was afraid of the time-wasting potential of Pinterest when I joined about a year ago, but now, I am so thankful for all the good ideas I’ve found.  I am constantly saying to my colleagues, “I saw this idea on Pinterest […]

The countdown began when we returned from Spring Break two weeks ago; now those not-so-subtle signs are appearing in the corners of more and more classroom white boards.  Sometimes it’s the students’ handiwork, other times the teacher is the one keeping score.  Regardless, we all know in the back of our minds that we have […]

In recognition of Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d share one of my favorite teacing resources:  The Lively Art of Writing by Lucile Vaughan Payne. I was introduced to this book as a sophomore in Mrs. Martin’s writing class in 1984.  I learned how to write a five-paragraph essay following Payne’s geometric pattern and I still teach my students […]