Speed Dating for Research Papers

Teacher:  Mary Tedrow School:  John Handley High School, VA Class:  High School Speed-date your research papers. There is nothing worse than taking home a pile of papers, spending a weekend marking them up only to have students ignore the marks, repeat the mistakes, and learn nothing in the process. The next time a major paper is … Read more…

#11 The Maker Movement with Jeff Charbonneau (2014 National Teacher of the Year)

Jeff Charbonneau  2013 National Teacher of the Year STEM Teacher (Zillah High School —  Zillah, WA)    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 … Read more…

#9 Debating in the Classroom with Tim Averill

Tim Averill HS English Teacher (Waring School, MA), AP Community Moderator, St. Johnsbury Summer Academy Facilitator   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 … Read more…

Reading-Writing Reciprocity in the Intermediate Classroom

Teacher: Justin Stygles School:  Guy E. Rowe School (Norway, Maine) Grade:  6th For our maturing writers, classrooms are not truly conducive to real-life writing or curriculum demands so many examples of writing aimed at demonstrating application and understanding of particular writing concepts, developing a student’s craft or voice becomes a challenge. When writing narratives, students … Read more…

#8 The Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling HS English Teacher, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Host — Teaching Channel (Johnston, Iowa)   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 … Read more…

Showing-versus-Telling & The Walking Dead

Name: Rebekah O’Dell (@RebekahOdell1) Class: English 9 Standard School: Trinity Episcopal School, Virginia Intro The first twenty minutes of the pilot episode of The Walking Dead is virtually silent. I hadn’t remembered that when, out of desperation and end-of-October exhaustion, I agreed to show the episode to my ninth graders on Halloween. They begged. I was weak. … Read more…

Students Have a Voice, Teach Them to Use It

Teacher: Starr Sackstein, NBTC Class: AP Literature School: World Journalism Prep (Queens, NY)   “I encourage disagreement” is a sign that adorns the wall above my desk. One of my students was enthralled with the saying as soon as words danced off my lips and into the pre-discussion atmosphere of my AP Literature classroom so much that he … Read more…