In my ever-present efforts of incorporating Alaska Standards into my instruction, I start my World History classes by introducing primary and secondary sources. I'd been struggling to come up with an authentic example of a primary source that the students could connect with. So, when inspiration struck as I was drifting off to sleep, I was ready: use the old Brevig Mission School yearbooks tucked away in a locked drawer of my classroom.
There are many benefits to lesson planning digitally:
- you can copy and paste with a few keystrokes
- it's easy to e-mail lesson plans to your principal
- it gives you an excuse to be on your laptop "working"
Unfortunately, digital lesson-planning became very unsatisfying for me. And after my successful shift to a paper planner, I decided to throw digital caution to the wind and lesson plan on paper.Read More
At Brevig Mission School we use a modified version of Marzano Learning Scales (element 1). It's a four-step scale that leads up to proficiency (level three) and beyond (level four).
Disclaimer: The following learning scale is not aesthetically pleasing. The content is pretty good (if I do say so myself), but, visually, it's pretty utilitarian.
I teach a reading class every morning from 9:00-10:30. When I first accepted my position, my father-in-law asked me how I was going to know how to teach how to read. I said, "They'll already read when they come to me. I'll just work on inferencing and comprehension and stuff like that. I don't know how to teach kids how to read!"
Then I got the assignment: first grade. I am, in fact, teaching kids how to read.
Thanks to a scripted reading program and some helpful colleagues, we're doing all right. I thought I'd offer readers a little glimpse into my mornings...
This book was made by a student that used to be in Steve's class. He's in sixth grade now. He delivered this book to me after school.