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Where’s Your Evidence?

I teach seventh grade. In my universe, citing evidence is not intuitive or automatic. It is a skill we work on all year with varying levels of success. Students love to say how they feel about something they’ve read. They don’t always love supporting that idea with evidence from the text.To be honest, I haven’t […]

Hopes, Fears, and Expectations for the First Day of School

The other day on Twitter I ran across a statement: “Any teacher who spends the first day on class rules really wants one more day of summer.” Well, it said something like that—I can’t find it now. Even though I agree with the sentiment, I have been guilty of doing just that, for years. For the past […]

Use List.ly for Interactive, Collaborative Book Lists!

Trying out @listly for my #SocialMedia class at @SJSUiSchool: Adventure Reads for Junior High https://t.co/h0j4dmNBhn @Jen_Jumba #edtechchat — Amy McMillan (@amyjmcmillan) July 2, 2016 Here’s a recent library school assignment: Try out a social media tool, one you’ve never used before. Make a Prezi with a voice over to explain how the tool works and […]

Redesigning Learning Spaces for Twenty-First Century Students

It’s the year 2015, so why are we still talking about innovating for the twenty-first century? I mean, it’s been fifteen years already. Maybe it’s because we are still teaching in rooms built for the industrial model approach to education. Desks are still mostly in rows. The teacher mostly talks for way too long and usually […]

Collaboration: It’s Not Just for Students Anymore

Like many teachers, one thing that attracted me to the profession was the idea that I would be in charge of my own classroom, my own little world. I like doing things on my own. I eschew book clubs and I do not exercise with a running partner. Two people cooking in the kitchen is one […]

Teachers Are Writers Too

Sometimes if feels a little risky to write with my students. It’s hard. And messy. And sometimes the topics are a little more personal than I would normally share with students. And there are so many other things I have to do! Take attendance, talk to the kid who was absent yesterday, check my email. […]

More on the Class E-Book: Best of the Writer’s Notebook

I figured out a plan for publication I think will work given our limited time and resources. And I am excited to try it. Basically, I am going to have students submit their final drafts to me via Google Docs or our learning management system (EDU 2.0). I am also encouraging original images—drawings or photographs […]