This is ACTIVE Learning: The Reduced King Lear

Shakespeare's works are OH-SO-TEACHABLE! The trouble is students really have difficulty with the language, so I take a very interactive approach whenever I teach anything Shakespeare. Before we began reading King Lear, I showed The Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Abridged).  My rationale is and always has been to make Shakespeare's works accessible and relevant.... Continue Reading →

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Technology Think Tank: Turn It In Makes Grading EASY & Offers Much MORE!

With school reform coming from every direction, teachers feel overwhelmed; there is simply never enough time! So when I find something that helps ease the burden, I pass on it. Turn It In, a database purchased by the school, cuts down on the time it takes to grade student writing without compromising the amount or... Continue Reading →

Technology Think Tank: Organize Yourself with Planbook

Throw away your spiral-bound, paper planners. Get with the 21st century. Use Planbook, both web-based for MAC and windows, and available as an IPad app, to plan your instructional days. The problem with the old method is that even the best laid plans change. While you have every intention, even as the most seasoned teacher,... Continue Reading →

Technology Think Tank: EDMODO– a Communication Hub for Education

Are you looking for a communication hub for your students/classes/teachers? Edmodo, a free website, also available as IPhone/ IPad app and a Google Play app, simulates a Facebook-look for education. Several teachers in my district are using Edmodo to connect with students, other teachers (in our own building to as far as around the globe)... Continue Reading →

Technology Think Tank: Using Todaysmeet for a Socratic Seminar and MORE!

TodaysMeet, a free website, advertises its purpose is to help you "embrace the back channel and connect with your audience in realtime." I use it as a multi-purpose chat room. I've used it for discussion purposes; I've also used it to conduct a meeting remotely. As far as user-friendly websites, this is among the easiest for... Continue Reading →

Technology Think Tank: Apps and Other Tech Tools for the High School Classroom

Let's face it! Technology can be overwhelming. BUT, it's here to stay, AND it's useful in the classroom. I've been on the technology team for my school since it's inception (for about six years, now); we've actually just scaled back the frequency of our meetings because we feel our school has finally caught up to... Continue Reading →

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