A List of What to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

So. You’re starting to roll in those parent-teacher conferences on your schedule, and you’re starting to wonder….what in the WORLD are we going to talk about, and how can I prepare? I remember in the days leading up to my first conferences, veteran teachers were constantly slipping things into our conversations like “Gotta get my

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My Favorite Lesson Plan for Teaching Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning

Let’s face it. Teaching argumentative writing is hard. Each year I teach it, I always know it’s going to be one of the most energy-taxing units of the year. The art of creating a well-crafted argument is challenging for most students–let’s be real, most people, young or not–and facilitating a whole class of teenagers through

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Why Your Lesson Plans May Not Be Working

This post is an excerpt from my online course, The Ultimate New Teacher Summer Workshop. The typical lesson plan template has a few basic things: learning objective, materials needed, opening, closing, and assessment. Following these templates, it’s no wonder that so many new teachers struggle through executing their first few lessons. The truth is: experienced

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Education as a Tool for Social Justice in America’s Prisons

Readers, I am excited to introduce to you what I hope to be the first of many more guest posts.  A big thanks to the folks at Teach.com for helping make this happen about such an important topic, and for Sheldon Soper for all his work. If you think you might be interested in collaborating with Teacher

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10 Products that Will Totally Change the Way you Travel

Now that I’ve experienced traveling with the following products, I refuse to travel without them. Each one saves either time, money, space, or all three, and some even enhance safety. This past September, Kevin and I embarked on a 8-country tour through Europe across 4 months, taking only a couple backpacks with us.  Looking back,

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