How Do WE Free a Child's Potential?
Getting kids to open up to learning can be a challenge. Of course we all have those select few students who hang on our every word and anxiously await new knowledge on a daily basis, but let's face it, this is the exception and may not always be the rule. All students can and do learn of course, but how can we free their potential and maximize that learning? What are some of the steps we can take to help our students achieve success? Click read more to discover 5 fabulous ways to unlock a child's potential.
Writing An Argumentative Essay
The new Common Core State Standards include a large section on expository writing for Middle School English Language Arts.Included in this is writing an Argumentative Essay.
The standards are defined in such a way that students need to use their critical thinking skills to write a focused, clear argument. Here is an PowerPoint that outlines the most basic Argumentative Essay writing skills along with pre-writing activities.
Included on this page is also a PowerPoint for the vocabulary associated with writing the essay. Good luck!
Teaching Academic Vocabulary
Â “What does Analyze mean?” I had a seventh grader ask me that question the other day. The whole class chimed in asking, so I invited them to share what they thought it meant. There were a few…maybe 3-5 in each class of 20+ that could answer this question. So it occurred to me to ask the question, “why doesn’t a 12-year-old know not only the definition, but how to analyze something?” After all, this is a very important word that we use in constructed response or essay type questions on a test. Consequently I did a little research in order to help fix this problem. Read on to find out some helpful tips on vocabulary development.
5 Most-usable Teacher Websites
I consider these the best. Listed here are my 5 most-used websites to incorporate relevance into the our classrooms. As a Middle School English teacher I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate the new Common Core State Standards into the classroom in such a way that has relevance to my kids. Click "read more" below to get my 5 most-used teacher websites...
Why We Love Abraham Lincoln Soooo Much!
What is so intriguing about this man that more than an estimated 16,000 books have been written about him. What makes him so special that another great movie has recently been released and has brought in top billing in the box offices? And why do our students still have interest in this man?