6 Reasons your students should write their own works cited page (rather than use an online app)

I teach my students how to create a works cited page from scratch — or the old, fashioned way as they like to tell me.  I know there are online tools that will do that for them, and I’m thrilled that they can use those tools … in other classes, not mine. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not living in the dark ages — I love technology!  So why do I “torture” my students like this? 1.  Why is a… Read more »

Get your students excited about research with these seven steps.

              Research should be fun!  Yet it often involves restricted topics, rules, and requirements that can limit a student’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm.  Encourage students to follow their questions by implementing simple, small research activities about topics they are curious about. Go Old School:  Use Research Notebooks I loved making these upcycled notebooks from my last post, and I decided to use one of them to create what Cal Newport describes as the “Feynman Notebook.”… Read more »

Host a Teach-In to Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day ♥ Earth Day is a wonderful celebration, and perhaps your school is extending activities for more than one day.  But, we all want every day to be Earth Day!  That’s why extending Earth Day into a “teach-in” is a great way to end the year. What’s a Teach-In…Sounds Hippy-ish Get out your love beads, fringe vest, headband, and hop into the wayback machine!  Teach-ins were part of the 60s protest movements that also included sit-ins.  Started in university settings,… Read more »