Category: Teaching Style

Using a Skills Based Curriculum instead of Knowledge Based

A skills-based curriculum is based on what you can do or create, rather than what you know. Instead of memorizing major dates that occurred in the 100 Years War, students analyze the events of the war to determine who may have been at fault or how it could have been avoided.

Adjusting to French College or Middle School

I remember teaching my first 6ieme class in France. 15 fresh young faces – surely they were too young? – staring up at me, expecting wisdom on this, their first day of Middle School.  “I’m sorry,” was all I could offer them.  “I don’t… Continue Reading “Adjusting to French College or Middle School”

Why I Don’t Use Grades

So, how did this happen? How did a student who can write a book report about a difficult book off the top of her head begin to think that she was a bad writer?

Collaborative Writing in Real Time

Using Google Docs for writing lessons has allowed me to give authentic, targeted feedback in real time, allowing students to incorporate improvements into their work as they go.

Kids Get Published

Writers Need Readers Introducing: Kids Get Published, my tool for creating authentic writing opportunities for children. Learning how to write is hard. Teaching children how to write well is even harder.  And we have to start in primary school. Too often, we leave intensive… Continue Reading “Kids Get Published”

Let Your Students See You Fail

This morning, during a zoom lesson with a 4ieme (8th grade) student, I forgot what caused Fragile X Syndrome. The lesson was on chromosome aberrations, and I am out of practice. He’s falling behind in his science lessons, and we are using his school… Continue Reading “Let Your Students See You Fail”