structured group time + authentic audience = spawn of impromptu student debates

I’ve got over 30 recorded minutes of an un-prompted, un-facilitated (probably more like 45+ minute) student debate that spawned out of my classroom today.  I only interacted to wave at a voice recorder that I set down at the table.  I noticed that something had started as one group turned around to talk to another Read More …

Teaching Inference: literary inferences

My incoming freshmen just couldn’t seem to get the idea of inferring a literary reference until I let slip some lyrics about shooting stars in a last ditch effort at making them understand the reference…  I think we were pretty close to all breaking into song and I lost quite a lot of credibility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsQ0WCLUXy8 Read More …

TGIF: what went right about the schoolday

Text: Fever 1793 Some small behavioral worries aside, I am very happy with the way my students worked together today.  I tried a modified version of lit circles today in class.  I needed to get through four chapters of reading today to remain on-track with my novel completion goals.  Here’s how it worked… very well. Read More …

Another instance of teachable moments

In the car with a ‘colleague’, I was challenged to come up with a learning objective to fit the modifications I demanded of her Mini Cooper’s lighting system.  The formulated objective follows: Through hands-on mechanical activities, [colleague] will be able to perform alterations to the Mini Cooper’s environmental lighting systems in order to promote better Read More …