In the spaces of side conversations that occur at Teacher Research, ideas germinate. Ellen, a teacher at a prestigious private school in the region who also teaches International Baccalaureate (IB) shared with me a way she uses improv when teaching the classic play “A Doll’s House.” To anticipate the reaction of the protagonist’s reaction to […]
I am building a vocabulary list for study based on the literature we are reading and our SAT warmups. You may also suggest to me words you have encountered. The list is on Quizlet. Here is the link: http://quizlet.com/_kwyid
Read your article. Then create a Keynote that teaches your article to the class. Make a slide for each of the following: the article’s title, summary, One slide each for four key ideas, and two questions for discussion. You will lead a discussion of the article’s ideas at a later date (next […]
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Simple. Send students home to watch videos (Videos don’t even have to be yours! Just find some random You Tube video!) Better yet, assign these videos for HOMEWORK, as in they MUST be done for next day. Then when students come back to class have them fill out gobs…
(2) Jack Olivia Portraits.
Remember Harry Wong? He is mister Miyagi of classroom management in a tailored suit, banishing students to the hallway chasm if they cannot enter his domain with dignity. I do not doubt there is wisdom contained in the renown “The First Days of School.” But he gave me a case of the yearly butterflies. Wong […]
Daisy and Violet.
Although I have strayed from powering through vocabulary, here are seven tips from eleven years of teaching: Try to create student-centered lists. Ask students to chose words they do not know. Source material could be current literature study, or lists from Quizlet or SAT prep sites like College Board. Embed three to five modes of […]
I’ve deliberated much about how to approach vocabulary instruction this year with the IB juniors. Reflecting on the past few years, I have had an inconsistent yearlong approach to vocabulary, wavering between how many words to cover and how facilitate word mastery. I wonder how assessment factors in: are students actually deeply learning the words […]