So maybe you keep hearing about hexagonal thinking and how wonderfully it works for unlocking student discussion online, but you just can’t quite wrap your head around how it. I hear you. Today, let’s walk step by step through how you can use my free digital hexagonal thinking kit to design an activity for your… Continue reading Hexagonal Thinking in the Digital Classroom: Step by Step
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Today’s post contains several affiliate links. That means I may receive a commission at no cost to you if you purchase through my link. I’ve been walking in the mornings, before my kids get up, and listening to podcasts. I like seeing the sun streak the sky as I tune into a whole range of… Continue reading 112: A 2020 Gift Guide for Creative English Teachers
There’s nothing like being home all the time to make you think about travel. Last night as I was studying Slovakian and perusing my favorite Slovakian Instagram travel feeds (by the way, are we hanging out on Insta yet?), I got to thinking about how meaningful armchair travel is right now. Just as books can… Continue reading 108: Try a Virtual Travel Research Project
When it comes to in-person discussion, my go-to has always been Harkness. Teaching kids how to have a conversation, mostly without me, and then reflect on their own abilities and dynamics and improve after each day, has been one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching for me. Did I mention I met my husband… Continue reading 107: Virtual Discussion Problems? Try this.
With kids spread across scenarios these days, free digital texts are a helpful base for any unit. It’s the perfect time to use podcasts in your classroom. Kids can listen and learn, listen and respond, listen and then record podcasts of their own. There are tons of possibilities! In today’s post, I’m going to share… Continue reading 5 Ways to use Podcasts in ELA
Are your leaders asking you to teach kids in class while also somehow guiding kids who are 100% online? That’s a big ask. Today in this bonus podcast episode, I want to share five flexible unit ideas with you that you could launch in this model. These units could also work with blended learning or… Continue reading 098: 5 Flexible ELA Unit Ideas for Fall
Lately I’ve been drawn to designing. Maybe it’s all the stress of pandemic, but right now I can lose myself so quickly and happily in creating something beautiful. Looking up quotations that feel fitting for this moment has been helpful to me, and I wanted to share some of them today, as we head into… Continue reading 8 Lovely Quotations for Remote Teachers
On my favorite daily news podcast, What a Day, when they finish talking about Covid 19, the news headlines and the political campaigns, the hosts play ten seconds of chill flute music and then talk about their regular lives right now. They call the segment “life under lockdown.” But they don’t take it very far.… Continue reading Staying home: We can do this.
If you’re like me, your hands are dry and chafed, your dreams are anxious, and your school just cancelled classes until April. Ugh. Worldwide pandemic is not anything we were expecting. But here we are. Depending on where you teach, coronavirus may mean you’re scrambling to get more comfortable with Google Classroom, Flipgrid, and Screencastify.… Continue reading Help for Teaching through Coronavirus Closings