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End of the Year Teacher Survey - Find out what your students really think!

Posted by Emily Guthrie on May 13, 2014 6:31:05 AM

I remember the terror of handing out my first end of the year survey to my students.  I was thoroughly convinced that they would come back completely extolling all my virtues or completely destroying the last shred of dignity that I had as a young teacher in May.  To my utter shock, I have uniformly had the opposite situation.  Students have been incredibly honest and fair with me. Some things they love, some things they hate, some things just needed a little tweak.  Since I have found student surveys so beneficial to honing my craft, today I want to share with you my simple survey along with the reasons why I suggest you give a similar one.  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Topics: Classroom Management, classroom management, end of the year, Freebie, teaching tips

Teaching Students to Determine Credibility of Online Sources (Free Student Handout!)

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Aug 27, 2013 3:25:56 AM

Two important revolutions have come together to make online source credibility testing an important skill to teach our students:

  • The Common Core emphasizes research and informational texts. 
  • Our students have incredible access to online sources.

Even though most of my students walk around all day with the internet in their pockets, they do not know innately how to determine the credibility of a source for my research paper, infographics, and other assignments.   More alarmingly, they consistently report bad habits including the use of fast information sources that they know are not reliable and the use of copy/paste functions to get homework done in a hurry.  In order to send students into college and into the world with valid research habits, I consciously teach students a checklist to determine the credibility of a source.  I  go through the list with them a few times and make them use it regularly in the hope that they will internalize the information for future use.  Here is my credibility check list:

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Topics: Classroom Tech, Common Core, Essays, Freebie, resources, technology, tips, Writing, writing, writing tips

A Look at Common Core Aligned Performance Assessment

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 19, 2013 12:33:22 AM

 

Both formative and summative assessments play important roles in the learning outcomes of our students.  In any given unit of study, as teachers we check our Common Core standards, map out our benchmarks and embark on the journey. However, if you are like me and you've been doing this for a while, sometimes our favorite assessments deserve a second look to make sure that they are lining up with the Common Core.  If you are in the market for Common Core aligned resources, check out this article to be sure you are getting what you pay for!

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Topics: assessment, Common Core, Freebie, reading, teaching reading, tips, video

Teaching Verbal, Situational, and Dramatic Irony

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jan 5, 2012 1:42:26 AM

According to the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, irony is a literary device that should be addressed in both 8th and 11th grades.  To help you tackle teaching this complex skill of recognizing irony and the effects of its use, I have put together some definitions and examples of irony, plus a free worksheet for your 8th or 11th grade students. 

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Topics: Freebie, irony, Literature, teaching tips, verbal irony, situational irony, dramatic irony

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