Student Accountability–Homework

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Somewhere along the timeline of teaching in the United States, teachers began to obsess over accountability for students and teaching them "soft skills"--skills they'll need for life success and in the work place. I don't necessarily think that teaching soft skills is bad, but I think a lot of us … Continue reading Student Accountability–Homework

An Update on Independent Reading Checkpoints, or How to Grade Independent Reading Within the Reading Workshop

"How do I grade this though?" is a question that has plagued teachers in TC visits and department meetings. It's obvious that TC doesn't think about district expectations for grades when their representatives are doing their demo lessons, and I don't totally blame them. I, myself, don't personally believe that grades often represent a students' … Continue reading An Update on Independent Reading Checkpoints, or How to Grade Independent Reading Within the Reading Workshop

Teaching with Politically Charged Young Adult Books–Thoughts on Watch Us Rise

Before I go into my analyses and observations, let me first say that I'm a far-left liberal. I believe in equity and social justice, and I try to make a conscious effort to teach about these topics with suavity in my class, making a point to not indoctrinate my students with specific political ideas. I … Continue reading Teaching with Politically Charged Young Adult Books–Thoughts on Watch Us Rise