Engaging Students in Learning, Growing and Developing Professionally

The Student Agency Continuum

In reading John Spencer', EMPOWER: What happens when students own their own learning - I take a brief moment to reflect on what he calls the Student Agency Continuum. Growing up K-12 my experience on the student agency continuum was a combination of compliance, engagement, and empowerment depending on the teacher and subject. As an… Continue reading The Student Agency Continuum

Activities and Assignments, Arrangement of Furniture and Resources, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Content Knowledge, Criteria and Standards, Designing Coherent Instruction, Directions and Procedures, Discussion Techniques, Engaging Students in Learning, Establishing a Culture for Learning, Instruction, Instructional Groups, Instructional Materials and Resources, Learning Activities, Learning Process, Lesson Adjustment, Lesson and Unit Structure, Materials and Supplies, Monitoring of Student Learning, Organizing Physical Space, Reflecting on Teaching, Resources for Classroom, Resources for Students, Student Groups, Student Participation, Student Progress in Learning

Literature Circles in the Middle School Social Studies & Science Classroom

At the end of second quarter, in between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break, I began a lesson experiment in my Science classes. I gave a shot at implementing literature circles and I am excited to report that I am very impressed with what I saw. Of course, I was not surprised to see my self-motivated… Continue reading Literature Circles in the Middle School Social Studies & Science Classroom

Activities and Assignments, Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources, Designing Coherent Instruction, Engaging Students in Learning, Learning Activities, Resources for Students, Resources to Extend Content Knowledge

What I Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz

Over the last few nights, I have had the pleasure of listening (for free) to Alan Gratz's audiobook Refugee on my Epic app. I heard of both his book and the app for educators while listening to a Scholastic podcast, On Our Minds hosted by Suzanne McCabe Scholastic Editor-at-Large. I had a difficult time shutting off the reading each night, as I heard the… Continue reading What I Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz

Engaging Students in Learning

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

In this fiction picture book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Marjorie Priceman takes you on a world-wide adventure in order to make an exquisite apple pie. In the story, a girl wants to make an apple pie. Easy, go down to the market with your recipe and pick up the… Continue reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman