Every teacher wants to have a 21st Century, tech friendly classroom. And what could be more tech friendly and 21st century than inviting Alexa into your classroom? That’s the epitome of techie-ness, right? Imagine asking a question and a disembodied voice automatically answering you. Cool (and slightly disconcerting).
Cheating: The Academic Epidemic
Benjamin Franklin once famously stated, “Honesty is the best policy.” Yet it seems as though people seem to drift further and further away from this belief and nowhere is this more evident than in the classroom. Cheating in school has been happening as long as there has been school. The difference is that now it […]
Your Opinion Doesn’t Matter
As teachers, we walk a thin line every day. How do we conduct class and present lessons without allowing our personal beliefs to subtly creep in? When you add in the fact that the very nature of Argumentative Writing lends itself to sharing our opinions about the topics being discussed, the issue becomes even more […]
The Devil’s in the Testing Details
“Standardized testing” are two words that cause extreme visceral reactions in teachers. Why? It’s just a test. Right? Wrong! For many teachers, standardized tests are the reason they are leaving the classroom. I’m not talking about beginning teachers, no, I am talking about seasoned veterans with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience. The teachers […]
To Tech or Not to Tech . . .
. . . that is the question. I’m the first to admit I tend to be more of an “old-school” type of teacher. Well . . . if I’m being totally honest, I can probably remove “school” from “old-school” and still be right on the money. All the technological advances in education tend to make […]