Category: Lesson Planning and Assessment

It is important for students to build background knowledge before they dive into new concepts. Use this strategy to help build students' schema.

Building Background Knowledge Teaching Strategy 

It is important for students to build background knowledge before they dive into new concepts. Use this strategy to help build students’ schema/background knowledge. How Does This Strategy Work? In the center of the chalkboard (or in some other place where all students can see it), write a topic on

Read More »

9 Ways To Use Podcasts In The Classroom

Using podcasts in the classroom has many benefits. I have outlined 9 different ways teachers can use podcasts in their classrooms.  Bell Work/Warm-Up Activity Some podcasts like the Six Minute podcast are short and are perfect for a bell work activity that can be completed both in person and in

Read More »
The Give One, Get One teaching strategy ensures that all students are involved and participating in the lesson. 

Give One, Get One Teaching Strategy

The Give One, Get One teaching strategy ensures that all students are involved and participating in the lesson. How Does This Give One, Get One Teaching Strategy Work? Have students get out a sheet of blank paper and divide it in half.  They should label one side Give One and

Read More »
Using the Gallary Walk teaching strategy is a great way to get students engaged and actively participating in a lesson.

Gallery Walk Teaching Strategy 

Using the Gallery Walk teaching strategy is a great way to get students engaged and actively participating in a lesson. How Does This Gallery Walk Teaching Strategy Work? Post several large sheets of paper around your classroom – each is a “station” in your Gallery Walk. On each piece of

Read More »
The Save The Last Word teaching strategy is a fantastic way to get all students to practise both speaking and listening in the classroom.  

Save The Last Word Teaching Strategy

The Save The Last Word teaching strategy is a fantastic way to get all students to practise both speaking and listening in the classroom.   How Does This Save The Last Word Teaching Strategy Work? Select a text that students will be responding to.  Most commonly Save the Last Word is

Read More »
The Fishbowl teaching strategy is a fantastic way for students to get a small group discussion within a whole class setting.

Fishbowl Teaching Strategy 

I love using the fishbowl teaching strategy with my classes. Students love getting in and out of the circle and sharing their ideas with peers. The Fishbowl teaching strategy is a fantastic way for students to get a small group discussion within a whole class setting. How Does This Fishbowl

Read More »

Why Use Digital Escape Rooms in Middle School?

Digital escape rooms are a great learning and engaging activity to use with your middle school students. Below are four reasons I love using middle school digital escape rooms with my classes. 1. Collaboration and Team Building  Students work in groups (or independently if they prefer) to solve each challenge.

Read More »

Partner Quiz Teaching Strategy

The Partner Quiz teaching strategy is an engaging and interactive test prep and review strategy that students enjoy. How Does This Partner Quiz Teaching Strategy Work? Prepare a bunch of notecards. Each one should have one question on the front and its answer on the back. There should be one

Read More »