I have tried in vain for the last couple of years to organize portfolios for my students. Despite my intentions I consistently failed to maintain students’ papers throughout the year. The problem was I was doing all of the work, when I really didn’t have time for more busy work. Students weren’t spending enough time reflecting and the whole point… Read More
We are currently reading The Odyssey in my freshmen class. I decided that to better engage with our vocabulary that my students should make memes utilizing the vocabulary words in a fun and engaging way. If you know your memes you may have seen this guy before… If you are unsure of what memes are below is a video highlighting their origins…. Read More
My eighth-grade students completed The Butterfly Project and I think it was an overall success. Check out the description of the assignment here. Check out some of the finished products below. Did you try this program with your students? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.
My students are just finishing a study of the novel Was God on Vacation? This book is written by Jack van der Geest, a Holocaust survivor. Jack van der Geest’s story is remarkable. He worked in the Dutch Underground, was turned in by Nazi sympathizers, sent to the concentration camp, Buchenwald, he escapes by faking his death, goes on to work… Read More
After years of teaching Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet I finally broke down and bought Shakespeare Set Free. I have wanted this book for several years but then again I always want new books for my classroom and often indulge myself. One has to draw the line somewhere when it comes to spending money on my classroom. I don’t like to think… Read More
My students loved my lesson over “The Life and Death of a Pumpkin”. They were totally engaged and loved listening and viewing the clip. I finished the lesson by having my students write letters from the viewpoint a pumpkin. They tried to convince me not to carve them. My students LOVED this activity and shared their writing with the class…. Read More