I was co-teaching biology and working with a teacher who could say the meanest things with a smile on his face. One day, I was teaching the parts of the heart. When I finished explaining the difference between the inferior vena cava and the superior vena cava, he told the class, "Yes, it's just like [...]
A few years ago, I looked up from my computer and saw my husband standing at my office door with a look of intense frustration and angst on his face. He appeared as if he was about to rant about something but he held it together. Not knowing what could possibly have upset my steady and controlled hu [...]
After presenting a teaching strategy workshop in Farmington, NH, I was contacted by Sarah Manter, one of the teachers who attended my program, with a question. During the program, I talked about how some teachers use blow-up beach balls with just a little air in them for their most fidgety students. Sarah asked if I had any ideas to deal with the squeaking noises that her secondary students were making when sitting on the balls.
Flexible grouping is a great way to utilize both teachers in a co-teaching classroom.
Many teachers use a two-column note taking strategy when giving notes to students. However, a colleague of mine takes this up a level by adding an additional column. That third column is used for test questions. Here’s how it works: The first column is for the big ideas, also known as the main ideas [...]