Fun is Not a Four Letter Word — Another Entry about using the QR Code Scavenger Hunt

So, here’s my dirty little secret: I secretly envy those teachers who have perfectly straight rows, neatly arranged rooms with nothing out of place, and really quiet students. These are the kind of teachers who are strict disciplinarians…the kind of teachers whose kids don’t even breathe without permission. Sometimes I wish, even if only for…

Teaching Textual Evidence and Characterization — The Body Biography

My very first year teaching I discovered an activity that really helped teach students about characterization.  It is perfect for kinesthetic and visual learners; artistic students are also very engaged with this activity.  I have used it in all grade levels and tiers.  You can also use homogenous or heterogenous groups; you can have lower…

The Pollock Version of the Socratic Seminar — Student-centered Learning

The Socratic Seminar has been done many different ways over the years. I have seen versions that maintain the teacher as question writer and moderator; I have also seen and used the “fish bowl” model where some students are participants and others are assessors; there is also a hot seat and philosopher’s chair version of…