Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High

10 Easy Tips for How to Teach Students to Set Goals

As teachers, we all know the importance of setting goals. I hope you’re all setting them (and I assume if you’re the type of person perusing teaching blogs in your spare time, you’re also the type of person who sets goals). It can be harder to convince students of the importance of goal setting. I… Continue reading 10 Easy Tips for How to Teach Students to Set Goals

Curriculum, High School, Junior High, school

How to Teach Your Students School and Study Skills

Do you have students who seem to be completely lost when it comes to organization, completing assignments, preparing for tests, and so on? OF COURSE YOU DO! We all do! Unless your teaching in some faraway Utopia we can only dream of, you definitely have some of these kiddos in your class! Or maybe you’re… Continue reading How to Teach Your Students School and Study Skills

Elementary, High School, Junior High

6 Tips for Writing Awesome and Stress-Free Report Cards

It seems like every term when progress reports come up, teachers go just a little bit loco and turn into hermits for a week or so. I used to be like this too in my first year or two of teaching. Then, I decided enough was enough and I wanted my life and sanity back.… Continue reading 6 Tips for Writing Awesome and Stress-Free Report Cards

High School

Margaret Atwood in the Classroom

I have been struggling with ways in which to teach Margaret Atwood in the high school classroom without resulting in a slew of teenagers feeling horribly sad and hopeless on account of reading such depressing literature (or what my mom likes to call "slit-your-wrist-books"). Personally, I am an absolutely massive Atwood fan. It took awhile… Continue reading Margaret Atwood in the Classroom

Curriculum, High School

Ten Films to Use as Primary Texts

Teachers tend to show films simply to accompany primary texts in the classroom. In English we'll show To Kill a Mockingbird as we read the novel, in Social Studies we show films like Passchendaele to accompany our lecture on the historic event. In Chemistry we'll show those amazing James Bond knock-off films to teach chemical… Continue reading Ten Films to Use as Primary Texts