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Feedback

September 18th, 2014

Bill Gates gave a Ted Talk in May 2013 about feedback, and the lack thereof, directed at teachers. Gates cited a study that claims 98% of teachers only get one word of feedback, and that feedback is most often “satisfactory.” While it’s (barely) better than nothing, a single thumbs-up is about as useful for honing [...]

Don’t Be Letterman

August 21st, 2014

I didn’t realize I had become Letterman. As in David Letterman, the soon-to-retire host of the Late Show. I did, however, realize that I was tired all the time, and my well of ideas felt close to running dry. There was an uncomfortable air of desperation in my teaching. That’s when my vice principal revealed [...]

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

August 13th, 2014

“What could possibly go wrong?” The phrase is rarely deployed without irony, and for good reason; we are all familiar with Murphy and his law. When we ask the question literally, we plan and innovate. “What could possibly go wrong?” has given us seat belts and parachutes. It has given us lifeguards and extra sets [...]

Medieval heraldry sounds about as fun as a day of browsing antique shops to the few children who know what the term means. It almost sounds dusty. But you don’t need to look to (the decidedly kid-inappropriate) Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or Dune series to see that people love “houses,” heraldry, [...]

Assigning Beauty

June 18th, 2014

“We’ve been talking, and we’re tired of doing kid stuff,” said Andy, one of my favorite trouble-making fifth-graders. We were only a few days into school, and Andy had become the unofficial mouthpiece for student-teacher negotiations in my classroom. I found this half-amusing and half-terrifying. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for Organized Labor [...]

Mystery in the Classroom

June 12th, 2014

Humans love mystery. It can be frustrating one moment (where are my keys?!), and great fun the next (just one more chapter…). We subject ourselves to mystery willfully for the pleasure it brings us, whether it be in the form of fiction, riddles, or magic. As you’ve doubtlessly noticed, the minds of children are especially [...]

Stepping Up Your Game

June 4th, 2014

It’s easy to see video games as an enemy. They compete viciously for free time, often coexisting on the same computer we powered on with the best of intentions. Everyone from CEOs to teachers to students to my dear own mother seems to have their time waylaid by video games now and again. Clearly, something [...]

  How boring is spelling homework? Well, ask any grade school student to rate spelling homework on a scale of 1-10 and you may see an average in the negative numbers. As a parent, I understand that spelling homework is a good skill builder. As an educator, I know the importance of homework, despite some [...]

Earth Day

April 17th, 2014

          Think Green – Earth Day is April 22nd. Abcteach has a section titled Think Green, Teach Green  that includes fun materials to supplement your lessons for Earth Day.  We have a variety of reading comprehensions and fun activities. Including, games, bookmarks, posters and more.   – Make sure to check [...]

Reading Awareness Month is beginning and abcteach is here to help! Our graphic organizers and templates are a wonderful resource (most of which are FREE!) to use with any of your lesson plans. They help students to organize thoughts, comprehend ideas, and understand the authors’ purpose. Whether you are reading individually or as a class, [...]

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