In this series of articles about surviving the winter and especially that first month back in January, we focus primarily on assessment changes, accepting that changes in classroom culture are hard to effectuate in mid-year, but arguing that if we
On the first day back after this vacation, check in with your students in English, like you do in the town meetings with the invisibles. Throughout the year, this check-in period at the start of class will be a good
(Note: This was published after Thanksgiving but will work equally well after the Winter and Spring breaks as well. In my opinion there is no better way to start in with CI after a vacation than with some variation of
The end of Christmas break signals a time of depression in many of us. We have five hard months in front of us. The question invariably comes up, “Can I do anything to get the kids to bring more respect
Let's not mince words about going back into our classrooms after a vacation, esp. the summer vacation. The purpose of this post is to help us get mentally ready to go back to school AFTER the fast-approaching winter vacation.
Hi Ben -
Please feel free to post these two videos of my first 15 minutes of the first day of my Spanish 1 class this year, on 8/23/19. Part 1 is 5 minutes. Then there was an announcement by my principal.
Laura just returned to her classroom after a family loss. Normally, that would be a tall order, to restore the classroom to prime form after a month of subs and right before a vacation. Here is her report:
I call the Monday after a break Snarky Monday. The kids just seem to get basted with an extra layer of snark over the break - who knows why?
Since trying the same stuff that our classes were doing before a
This article was written a few years ago and published in Education Week by our PLC member Jeanette Borich. It provides an excellent overview of what we are all about in our comprehensible input classrooms and so I reproduce it