Getting Real with Book Clubs

book clubs

Teacher:  Jennifer Brittin School:  Warren E. Sooy Elementary School, Hammonton, New Jersey Class:  4th Grade Language Arts   Along the Way I’m here to confess that I ruined book clubs for several of my fourth grade classes.  You may be wondering how that’s possible. Book clubs build community in the classroom, get students excited about … Read more…

#16 Why the Classics Matter with Steve Perkins (2014 Indiana Teacher of the Year)

Steve Perkins Latin/Classics teacher, 2014 Indiana Teacher of the Year (North Central High School — Indianapolis, IN)  Resource of the Week: With Rigor for All, Second Edition: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature Again and again the Common Core Standards state that students must read “proficiently and independently” but how do we achieve this … Read more…

#15 Thrive with Meenoo Rami, creator of #engchat

Meenoo Rami English teacher, author of Thrive (Science Leadership — Philadelphia, PA)  www.meenoorami.org  Resource of the Week: www.commonlit.org  It was founded in December by a group of about 15 former middle school reading teachers who are current graduate students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It thinks scripted curricula disempowers teachers, so Common Lit provides four valuable … Read more…

#14 Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess       US History, author, workshop/seminar presenter (West Hills High School — San Diego, CA)            Resource of the Week: www.newsela.com (Bethany Whinnem, Fairhaven High School) NewsELA provides high interest nonfiction articles about current events that are updated daily. There are several benefits of the website: 1. The same article can be … Read more…

#13 40 Years in the Classroom with Laura Robb

Laura Robb  Author, teacher, coach, and 43-year veteran of teaching  (Virgina)            Resource of the Week: New York Times most emailed articles   (email me your favorite resource talkswithteachers@gmail.com)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?  … Read more…

#12 Using Twitter to Your Advantage — Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein  English and Journalism teacher (World Journalism Preparatory School —  Queens, NY)    January Contest: Win a Copy of Carol Jago’s With Rigor for All by emailing me a lesson that worked (email)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes … Read more…