I surveyed my students on what they find difficult about working with groups and the most common answer was – you guessed it – something to the tune of “I end up doing all the work”. On a completely unrelated
The school year is winding down for many of us and most of us turn one (or both) of two end-of-year activities – final exams or group projects (or individual projects). Final exams are usually pretty straightforward, so what about
You’re a new teacher starting right out of college and you may not look much older (or taller) than your own students. This was certainly the case for me, switching to teaching high school after a couple years in the workforce, 25
You have that student. That “problem student” you always have to talk to. Or maybe you have 50 of them. This is about one of mine. I had arranged to have a little 1-on-1 talk with him. Okay, assuming he shows
This idea is not original, but I’ve done it for six years and it’s one of my favorite activities because I end up with a bunch of letters I love reading and they make for a great first-day-of-class activity. Basically
When I hear a teacher enforce a class rule or inform students of a decision, it often sounds like… “Don’t make me send you to the office.” “I’m sorry, but I can’t let you turn that in late.” “I’m going
I have used this technique for over seven years for confiscating student cell phones with relatively high success rate and relatively low disruption to class. The heart of this technique is the “broken record” technique.
This year I wanted to undertake Project Based Learning. I’ve attempted physics modeling the past couple years, and although it’s effective in many ways, I still feel there are more effective ways to engage my students and have them understand
This is my first year trying SBG (Standards Based Grading) after being inspired by a handful of teachers. (ddmeyer, jybuell, ThinkThankThunk, fnoschese) I taught five sections of physics this year and have used “traditional” grading prior to this year. So
For teachers (or parents… or students) I made these last year as an attempt to help my students improve their number sense.