I enjoy reading Daniel Boorstin’s writings on American history. His three-volume series titled The Americans includes The Colonial Experience, The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience.
He goes far beyond the typical “politics, wars, economics” themes to explore the great variety of developments that Americans experienced. For…[Read more]
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. I also do not believe that every problem a person may have is a sign of mental illness that needs to be labeled and treated. It can be difficult to untangle symptoms of mental illness from the normal flaws of human nature, and hopefully this student merely has excessively high standards and needs to…[Read more]
I use a secular text called History of a Free Nation, published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. It’s about 20 years old by now, but I don’t mind because most of US history happened more than 20 years ago. 🙂 It’s a reasonably well-written, comprehensive text. It is very evenhanded towards religions and ideologies, with an obvious and pretty successful…[Read more]
I’d like some feedback on what you are using for high school United States history. Also does anyone have a list of books that they might use while teaching US History in high school.
Carolyn’s account of how they have worked with a perfectionist pupil illustrates well how parents and teachers together can work with children like this.
In some respects, these children need the disciplines that dawdlers and careless students need–with a twist. While a timer sometimes helps the daydreamer/dawdler focus on getting work…[Read more]
All math teachers of beginners should be sure to have the numbers from one to about twenty on the floor. You can use rubber disks with numbers written on them if you can’t mark your floor. Students can stand on a number and move ahead three for adding three; back two for subtracting two, etc. Other applications include stepping ahead on even…[Read more]
This type of student is much less likely to appear in our classrooms than the opposite extreme, aren’t they? Then, the problem can be compounded when a classmate needs constant reminders to do careful work and this student takes those warnings seriously.
Your problem brings to mind a particular student. School was not easy for her but you would…[Read more]
I have a student who doesn’t have a lot of confidence. She rewrites words so they look perfect, even though her sloppy handwriting puts others best to shame. She thinks she knows an answer but will go back and search to double check that it’s correct. These things might not be bad in and of themselves but combined it causes her to have homework…[Read more]
This is for all of the first grade teachers who are trying to teach addition and subtraction facts to students just beginning to understand the process. I’ve come up with a few memory clues for some of the facts we’ve learned so far. Maybe some of these will work for you also.
The Birthday Facts: These are the plus one facts. The one is a…[Read more]
In reply to your question for more info on effort score for report cards…to determine Effort score, the following are considered:
Neatness of work, Asking for help at the right times, persevering in difficult tasks, following directions in assignments, trying to do own work, showing good organization (in notebook, on papers, assignment…[Read more]
That sounds interesting, Jonas. Would you have anymore info to share on that? Maybe a copy of a report card like the one you described?
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To show a student’s progress, some schools I know of separate columns on the report card. Each subject shows an effort score, an academic score, and the final column shows the “grade,” which counts the effort as 1/4 and academic as 3/4. Everyone can tell at a glance what the academic score actually is–what the student achieved on his work, tests,…[Read more]
Consider using a “word wall.” You can check on the web for a variety of images to spark your imagination. Students can write words on cards in large letters and they can be displayed on the wall in some logical grouping–by root families, parts of speech, or by theme if they are from a content subject. Words could also be embellished with visuals…[Read more]
Generally I do not allow/encourage 7&8 grade boys to sing bass. Some people would suggest they should sing soprano or alto until their voices have changed. I usually let them choose the part they want to sing, but then may have them switch if I need help in another part or if that part doesn’t fit their range.
To help them sing their parts t…[Read more]
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