Peter, your story illustrates how a well-executed method to address a problem can work. If it solved the problem, it can be dropped. You needn’t be bound to a system that is no longer needed. Celebrate the growth (not forgetting) and move on to other fruitful work. If the need reveals itself again, it can be re-instituted.
Are you familiar with the texts used by Canadian public schools? They might be worth a look. While I wait for CLE’s upcoming 11th-grade US history text I’ve been happily using one of the common secular texts published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. It’s about as neutral as possible towards religions and ideologies. I strongly prefer it to the US history…[Read more]
We have a bunch of these Voit Softi coated foam balls, and they really improve dodge ball and its variants. They’re very soft, and can be thrown hard without stinging. Much safer and less scary for the timid than rubber playground balls. They’re also a good size, in between a softball and a volleyball.
Any Canadian High School teachers out there?
What texts do you use for teaching Canadian History? Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be quality Christian Canadian material available like there is American.
Till now our school used workbooks from a company called ADS. These are poorly written though and contain only rote questions. Looking for s…[Read more]
We have a student teaching program at Berea. It is a one credit course for juniors and seniors. Students are not assigned a subject but an elementary classroom, and switches between teachers each six weeks. The teacher involves them in many areas of the classroom; teaching, grading, supervising recess, observing.
The largest portion of th…[Read more]
These are excellent suggestions! I look forward to singing the song with my third and fourth grade students.
I made a poster several years ago to try to keep there, their, they’re, your, and you’re straight. For “there” the word “here” is highlighted and arrows pointing in different directions are surrounding the word. I ask the students where it…[Read more]
We want to revive and revise our student teaching elective for high school students. In the past we gave our student teachers a class and a subject to teach and they were responsible to see that it happened. What had started out well became more of a problem than a help and so the elective was dropped for several years. Now we want to bring it…[Read more]
It has been interesting to me as I observed over the years. By now I often know that certain families will come with everything marked and correct and certain other families won’t, even if the instructions have been highlighted, bolded, and underlined. I require a gallon size zip lock bag to store unused supplies for each student and usually need…[Read more]
Dodge ball is another favorite for inside games (we have a nice gym we can play it in). And, dodge ball is a game with a myriad ways of playing.
Our favorite way:
The players are divided into two teams. They like to use as many kick balls as they can get their hands on–usually between six to ten (but we have a large area and often as many as 25…[Read more]
Betty, the basic idea is to not guard the jugs too closely. We have a loose idea that the front part of the playing area (closest to the center line) for each team is where the players for that team should be unless they are chasing or guarding an opposing player. Players are not to “hang-out” in the back part of their playing area. It is a…[Read more]
At the end of the 2016-2017 school year I was exceedingly weary of students forgetting to bring things to class. Grades 7–12 students at our school have lockers for their stuff and move from room to room for their various classes, and the forgetting of books, pencils, paper, etc. was much too frequent. So at the beginning of last year I b…[Read more]
I’m not sure how this would apply to elementary students, but when my high school students fail to get something like this done in a reasonable amount of time they’ll generally have to stay in the classroom during lunch until it’s finished.
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