Getting students to work through the revision & editing process in writing can be a huge challenge as a teacher. You start off the year with a strong focus in the area but just seems there isn't enough time to constantly keep up with it. Before long the kids are supposed to be working together to get it done. Then, when you look at the work it's obvious they aren't doing what you discussed or they're just making a lot of mistakes. Common Problems: Students have trouble finding errors.  Some students can't seem to find ways to revise or edit their own writing but do okay when looking at their partner's writing. Other students seem to struggle with finding errors in any work they are looking at. Revision & editing takes too long.   Let's be honest, it's a time-consuming process, especially when you are pulling kids back to help them with the process. Students don't provide quality feedback to other students.  How many times do you s...
In our district we have witnessed how teacher morale can be impacted by high stakes testing, district mandates, increased teacher professional requirements, and lack of funding for public schools. Not to mention, increased class sizes and lack of special education funding as well. But day in and day out educators show up for their students. They still want to be the best they can be in the face of all these issues that make teaching more difficult. We want to offer some tips on what educators can do in their buildings to change morale and bring back some joy on a daily basis. Below we have listed 10 ways to help increase teacher morale in your building. We hope you begin to implement some of these to bring some joy back into your building. Music Who doesn't love a little music to sing or even dance to? If you have a PA system think about pumping some upbeat music at the end of the week on Friday into the hallways and classrooms, or even make it a part of every morning as th...
For many of us in education, it's closing in on that time of year. You know the time I'm talking about... testing season. Just hearing the phrase uttered causes a feeling of anxiety to wash over me. So much pressure is placed upon teachers. Even more upsetting, though, is the pressure and anxiety that many of our students experience when the time to take standardized tests draws near. Too often, our students feel powerless when it comes to standardized tests. Therefore, when I spotted a book called The Anti-Test Anxiety Society as I was scrolling through Instagram one weekend, I had to check it out! It is written by Julia Cook, author of A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue and My Mouth is a Volcano . Before becoming an author, she was a school counselor and teacher. She lives in a small Nebraska town not far from my hometown, and she spoke to students at my elementary school several years ago. She was a phenomenal speaker! Anyway, when my book arrived, I read it immediately. ...