Wednesday December 11, 2013
While some teachers are still struggling to find their way when integrating the internet into their lessons, the fact is that it is becoming more entrenched as a method to enhance student learning each year. Across the world, teachers and students are turning to the internet to create lessons and complete homework assignments. While the web provides students with a wealth of information never even dreamed of 20 years ago, it also brings its own set of issues in terms of accuracy, appropriateness, bias, and timeliness. Therefore, it is quite important that we take the time to directly instruct students how to identify issues with websites they might be using. With this in mind, I've created a number of questions which teachers and students can ask to evaluate websites.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Debate is a great way to build interest in what you are teaching in class. The truth is that students really love to debate. Debate also provides great learning opportunities for students if done right. The key is organization and structure. Students need to learn that debating is not arguing. Whe you conduct your first debate, you will probably have to rein in their natural instinct to talk when it is not their turn. However, once you have held a few debates, you will find that the kids really step up to the plate and find learning and debating to be fun and rewarding. I've created an article that provides a step-by-step look at holding classroom debates to help get you started.
Saturday November 30, 2013
Cyberbullying is a terrible form of bullying that can strike the targeted student at any time day or night. It is extremely difficult to deal with because the bullying is often done anonymously. Additionally, it is usually shared quickly with others so finding the original culprit can be quite difficult. Numerous suicides have been directly linked to cyberbullying. The bullying affects the school even though it takes place outside of the normal school day. Most schools are implementing policies that allow them to punish bullies for actions that have occurred away from school.
Monday November 25, 2013
Thanksgiving is a holiday complete with national pageantry like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, televisions tuned to football games, and tables laden with a feast of turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings. As we approach this holiday, it can be fun for students to integrate the Thanksgiving theme into your curriculum. With this in mind, I've created a wonderful page of ideas for integrating Thanksgiving across the curriculum. I've also created a page that focuses on the Macy's parade with ideas on how you can include this in your lessons.