Denise Johnson

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Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom

Suggestions for Implementing a Writers' Workshop in Your Classroom<p>1. Station Rotation Model<p>When I conduct writers' workshops in my own classroom, I …

Best Instructional Practices for Student Growth

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot<p>2. "In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars."<p>—Alexander Solzhenitsyn, <i>One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich</i><p>Suggested by Jasmin B., via Facebook<p>3. "She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning …

Literature

Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests

Frankly, I'm baffled by the number of educators who are adamantly opposed to standardized testing yet raise no objection to other practices that share important features with such testing.<p>For starters, consider those lists of specific, prescriptive curriculum standards to which the tests are yoked. …

Multi-Sensory Activities for Teaching Reading

This post may contain affiliate links. To read more about this, please see my disclosure policy.<p>I’m honored to join many other amazing bloggers from …

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management

<b>By Jennifer Gonzalez</b><p>You know the basics: Establish clear rules and consequences, be consistent, keep students engaged. But even with all that in …

Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

1. Read Aloud<p>Read-aloud time was one of the favorite things in my class. My students loved the chance to sit together on the carpet or at their desks …

Should You Flip Your Classroom?

The Pros<p>Advocates of the flipped classroom point to its potential as a time-shifting tool. Jac de Haan, author of the blog Technology with Intention …

11 Free Reading Websites for Kids

At Really Good Stuff, we know that teachers and parents have limited time when it comes to finding free, high-quality online resources for their …

A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

OVERVIEW<p>In this lesson, students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA), in which they listen to "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar …

Classroom Activities: 25 Book Report Alternatives

If you notice big eye rolls or hear lots of groaning when you mention the words "book reports," it's probably time to shake up your repertoire of …

Making Difficult Parent-Teacher Conferences Easier

Unlike at the elementary level where meetings are often encouraged for every student...in a middle school (at least our’s), they are only suggested …

Design Tips for Science Learning Spaces

I wish I had the advice then of Dr. Sandra West from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She was a top-notch high school science teacher and …

Wise Guys

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

Students Take Ownership<p>So I visited the class. It was in the unfinished basement of an old school -- cement floors and walls, ceiling-to-floor poles …

Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

Probably not, but researchers have long believed that it probably happened some time during fourth grade. That’s when, they thought, word-processing …

Mastering the Teaching Game

There are several paraphrased points that I hope will resonate with other educators as affirmations, challenges, or both. These eight ideas …

5 things to consider when designing a rubric

For the record, I'm not a big fan of using rubrics in education.<p>It's not that I am against rubrics because I feel they are evil, but rather I'm …

Great Teachers Don't Teach

My psychology professor was an effective teacher because he provided experiences that created long-term memories. In response to the LinkedIn …

MT @DJrSchug: Good questions to discuss w/ students in advisory or beginning of school yr. http://t.co/taVDQDrVho via @TeachThought #mschat

What an Effective Teacher's Classroom Looks Like

<b>by Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker</b><p>In our ongoing observations of teachers, we continue to notice that the most effective teachers’ classrooms all …

Teaching

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Whether you’re looking to reorganize one corner or redesign an entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process.<p>1. Getting …

New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management

Common Good Productions<br>Episode Classroom management<br>Program Transcript<p>Series Title Sequence:<br>New Teacher Survival Guide<p>Program Title:<br>Classroom …

Teaching