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 →
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.