Improving adolescent literacy, especially in non-readers or students who have learned avoidance through sophisticated coping measures, is a challenge–but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. As a companion to my ASCD Literacy Week piece 7  Considerations for Developing Adolescent Literacy, here are 7 online resources, from strategies to research to...

        It’s been a busy summer, and no doubt your classrooms are rocking right along. If you’ve found yourself facing second language learners, here’s a terrific resource compiled by The Spanish Place (dot net) back in the spring. Despite the misspelling of my name, I was thrilled to be a part of their project. And I thoroughly...

I am a firm believer in the necessity of reflection in the educational process. Too many students go through school in a flash of knowledge and learning, working to get higher grades and better scores, yet they don’t stop and see where they’ve been to readjust their focus on where they’re going. I’m so adamant about reflection that I put together...

In my April 15th post at ASCD’s Inservice blog post, The Myth of Student Engagement, I levy the claim that student engagement isn’t a thing you can improve by changing student work or by changing your method of instruction, it’s a living, breathing connection that must be nurtured from within. By capturing students on an emotional, personal level, you lay the...

In conjunction with my piece in the ASCD InService blog on reaching ELLs in math class, I’ve pulled together some online resources that mirror the sections of that post. I ‘d love to see your favorite resources in the comments. Enjoy!   Assess and Build Basic Skills  Basic Mathematics Worksheets Auto-generates random math worksheets for basic...

Apr 01 2014
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These last two weeks in the 6th grade classroom have been tough. We’re smack in the middle of our prep for the state assessment. Even though I teach it as a genre, let’s be honest: there’s nothing fun about it. As my friend Dru likes to say, “Looks like someone is riding the struggle bus today.” That would be me and the class. I know...

I didn’t skip last week–I just didn’t spend enough time on Twitter. I’ve changed my evil ways, though, and have plenty to share this week. My weekly tweets are a list of favorited tweets during the week. If you want to see this in real-time, or if you’ve got a great one to share, let’s tweet at: @BethFMorrow We’ll kick things off with a quote: “I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough… The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” -John Adams http://t.co/ZoQxbU9dP3 —...

So you want your homework to make a difference in student learning.   You gave them a great assignment you know they can do, they’re excited to take it home and try their best.   Even better, it’s the perfect segue into tomorrow’s lesson.   Of course, you might have to spend a little time at the start of class going over parts of the assignment that might...

This week’s favorites list is bursting at the seams. Let’s get this show on the road! If you want to see this in real-time as I favorite and retweet, or if you’ve got a great one to share, let’s tweet at: @BethFMorrow Let’s kick things off with my favorite graphic of the week: Teachers are not in it for the income… pic.twitter.com/xNMSsf6dWl —...

It’s a given that teachers care for students on multiple levels. It starts with their learning, sure, and branches out to include their safety, security, health and happiness. But caring itself doesn’t make a difference and doesn’t leave students with a lasting impression. In order for our caring to make a difference, we need to kick up the caring...

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