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How to Get Students to Answer Questions About Literature

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Apr 29, 2014 7:20:18 AM

Today, I want to share with you some of my rules for answering questions about literature. Please leave a comment with any additions or questions you have!  Together we can make a master list and raise the bar in classrooms around the country!

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Topics: assessment, Literary Analysis/Reading Strategies, Literature, resources, 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

Flipping the Classroom: An Experienced Teacher's Look at the Latest Trend

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 21, 2013 5:35:05 AM

 Today I wanted to talk about flipping the classroom, which seems to be the educational buzzword everywhere I turn. My own school is even starting this conversation informally (for now!).  The concept is simple, but the application I believe will be a little more complicated. Basically, the idea is to flip the traditional school schedule of lecture then homework practice.  The flipped schedule would see students front loading information at home through video lectures, reading, and other research followed by application, analysis, and practice in the classroom with the teacher.  For me, the jury is still out.  There are many ways that I see the flipped classroom as a marked improvement on the traditional breakdown, but there are also many obstacles that must be overcome to make this actually work in my real classroom.  I made the following infographic as a way to layout my thoughts on flipping the classroom.  Please note, this is from my perspective as a seasoned teacher with technical savvy and a toddler needing most of my non-school time.   We may see different pros and cons and may come up with different end solutions, but I'd love to hear your thoughts to keep this conversation going! Leave me a comment and share with your other teacher friends so we can learn from each other!

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Topics: Classroom Management, Classroom Tech, flipping, resources, Reviews, teaching strategies, tips

LiveBinder Resources For Educators

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Feb 9, 2012 12:47:56 PM

Do you know about LiveBinders?  If not, you should!  LiveBinders is an online resource that allows anyone to create a virtual binder of materials, sites, images, and more, that you can save and access at any time.  You can create binders that are private - only for your eyes - or public, to share with anyone.

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Topics: Classroom Management, livebinders, resources

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