One of the reasons I started Next Time Teaching was to share what I’ve learned–both about what works and what doesn’t–from 19 years of teaching and to try to help other teachers not have to reinvent wheels. Believe me, I’ve made thousands of mistakes. Every day, in every lesson. If I can save you from making any of the same mistakes, I’m happy. So let’s focus today on problems with fishbowl discussions. Whether you’ve never heard of them, want to try one, or have done them a bunch of times, hopefully thinking through some of the potential things that can go wrong ahead of time will help your next fishbowls go more smoothly. Continue reading →
Another strategy that I presented at the recent conference was appointment clock buddies. I really like this strategy and I think it can work for almost any subject and a lot of grade levels. If you do it right. There are also a lot of potential pitfalls, and I’d like to share those so that you can think through how to approach the appointment clock and feel good about it before you use it (now would be the time to grab a beverage).
Today on Next Time Teaching, I want to share one of the strategies from my recent presentation. The focus of my presentation was low prep activities that increase critical thinking, close reading and engagement and can be done with any text. Many of the activities can be repeated multiple times throughout a year, saving prep time while allowing you to see your students’ growth over time. This reading journal certainly fits the bill! Continue reading →