How To Tackle and Teach It

If the phrase “school bathroom” makes you shudder, you’re not alone. Public restrooms are notoriously iffy at the best of times, and school bathrooms can be some of the worst. Some of the gross factor can be chalked up to kids who are too little to know better. In other cases, it’s a lack of … Read more

25 Creative Video Project Ideas Your Students Will Love

It’s never been easier for students to create fun and engaging videos to show off their knowledge! There are a lot of terrific video programs out there, including one of our favorites, WeVideo. Their easy-to-use editing tools and classroom-ready templates make it simple for kids of all ages to assemble impressive videos on any topic. … Read more

• ESL Student-Presentations (Part 2): An Effective, Modified Presentation Activity

(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.) In Part 1, I analyzed the assumptions teachers have made about having students do class-presentations. (See ESL Student-Presentations (Part 1): Questioning the Reasons for Doing Them As I concluded in that post, there seems to be weak support for having students … Read more

Ofsted is Not Effective in Driving School Improvement

@TeacherToolkit In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkit What if Ofsted addressed the … Read more

Help! I Hate Sharing My Lesson Plans!

Dear WeAreTeachers:I know it’s unpopular. I know it’s controversial. But I can’t help it! I hate sharing the resources I’ve created. I worked so hard for so many years to develop really amazing lessons with accompanying Google Docs, intricate breakout rooms, interactive Smartboard games, and other time-intensive learning resources. Last year I shared everything I … Read more

Help! I Hate Sharing My Lesson Plans!

Dear WeAreTeachers:I know it’s unpopular. I know it’s controversial. But I can’t help it! I hate sharing the resources I’ve created. I worked so hard for so many years to develop really amazing lessons with accompanying Google Docs, intricate breakout rooms, interactive Smartboard games, and other time-intensive learning resources. Last year I shared everything I … Read more

16 Everyday Activities That Totally Count as Learning

More and more, it seems like requirements like homework and summer packets are becoming an unreasonable ask of families. (And maybe they always have been.) But how much do those kinds of assignments really matter? I’d venture to say not that much. I think we’d be better served by encouraging a variety of everyday activities … Read more