Using Questions to Unstick Yourself

While some students worry that asking a question is a sign of weakness, in reality questions are powerful tools that can produce new and original thinking. Questions are the foundation to good thinking. The more questions students can learn to ask, the better! Questions acknowledge and honor the fact that we don't know everything. (We... Continue Reading →

Goals for the Year 2011-2012

In accordance with our developing document outlining good teaching practices, I have begun the year by asking students to write goals for themselves. I know that the idea of goal setting can make people cringe because we are used to hearing students create goals that are totally unmeasurable or out of their control. ("The teacher... Continue Reading →

Podcasting a Scene: Free Rubric Criteria

Having my students perform and record a dramatic reading of a scene from The Lord of the Flies was a great way to help them use their imagination and visualize the scene. It required necessary skills of close reading and formal performance, and it was a great social-emotional learning exercise. Here's why this matters, and here's how I laid out the assessment criteria.

Bringing Lit to Life

I noticed that my students were struggling with Lord of the Flies and I was doubtful as to whether they were enjoying it. I think a big part of it had to do with the fact that there is a lot of meaningful narration about the setting, and Golding purposefully does not always clearly delineate... Continue Reading →

The “Discovery” Category

Why not put the master's project to use, right? I did some research in an effort to ground some of the requirements in what was the Reflective Writing Rubric, and is now tentatively titled the "Critical Thinking through Writing Rubric,"in theory. To address the category labeled "Discovery," here is what I found: "The... column... focuses... Continue Reading →

Critical Thinking Through Writing

After working for an entire quarter on articulating what the mind does when it thinks reflectively, I began experimenting with making an interdisciplinary rubric for critical thinking through writing. Specifically, how does the mind use writing as a way to think critically, not as a way simply to transcribe one's thoughts. Here it is below.... Continue Reading →

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