Here's another great song to consider sharing with your students (if the video doesn't load right away try refreshing the page):
This song, Our Lives by The Calling, has an axcellent message for our young people. As I have recommended with songs before, try playing it for your students as a Do Now/Bell Ringer activity. Ask your students to listen to the song and…
(This post was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning. While it does not directly relate to freshmen, it does relate to the art of teaching and assessing.)
Members of this network may have noticed a video that seems out of place on an educational social network. The video is of a post-game interview with NBA player Allen Iverson. Why in the world is that on here?
"If only someone had told me that when I was a freshman!"
What a sad statement to hear coming from a high school senior. High school is all about choices. As educators we must take every opportunity to help students and parents make better informed choices early on in their high school careers.
I would like to a recommend a model for doing this called Success Prep Conferences. Many schools – including Salem High School…Continue
Here are some great books to consider reading and/or sharing with your students.
Over the years I have been amazed by the number of educators who don't read books related to our field. We recognize the importance of our students reading but then overlook how important it is for us. Perhaps part of the reason is that many books on educational topics are pretty dry. Also, many such books are written by "the experts" and seem to have little real-world application. Well here are…
Kids respond to music. Use it to teach them lessons about life and to express your hopes for them. Use it to let them know you love them. Don't just wait for teachable moments to come along. Instead use music to create teachable moments.
Here are 2 ideas for how you can use these songs:
1. Use the song as a Do Now/Bell Ringer activity in your classroom. Make a PowerPoint with the words to the song. Then play the song and have the students read the words while…
The Freshman Transition Network has just had its 1st birthday!
In the past year, The Network has gained 187 members from 30 states and 3 countries. We have had over 2000 visitors from 21 countries around the world.
With 76 blog posts, 17 forum discussions, 45 videos, and links to dozens of resources, The Freshman Transition Network has become a leader in the important effort to transform schools from the bottom up by better meeting the needs of 9th… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on December 27, 2009 at 9:02pm —
For more great ideas for making classrooms and schools places of inspiration, visit Go Beyond the Content.
Our students are in need of life lessons. They need to learn content, but they also need help learning how to think, how to believe, and how to succeed. While many teachers agree with this, finding a way to work these sort of lessons into a classroom can be difficult. I have found that the Do Now/Bell…
Be sure to spend the correct amount of time visiting your 9th grade team meetings. So what is the correct amount of time?
1. It will vary depending on the situation. Strong, healthy, functioning teams will need less oversight/assistance from an administrator. However, I would suggest visiting even the strongest teams at least 1 time per week.
2. Newer teams or teams that are not functioning quite as well will probably need at least 2 or 3 visits per week until they are… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on November 22, 2009 at 9:38pm —
As a teacher, have you ever experienced anything similar to the following scenario:
You teach your course content over a period of time. The day before your big test you have a review activity of some sort. The review activity is a good one. It goes well, but during the activity you realize that your students don’t know the material… Continue
My school system - City of Salem Schools, VA - has undergone a lengthy process to determine what types of social networking should be available on our system's network. Until recently, all social networks were blocked by our filter.
After much discussion and exploration, it was decided that social networking would be open for all faculty members. Faculty members would be treated as professionals who are able to use social… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 28, 2009 at 9:30pm —
As I have come to comprehend better what Assessment FOR Learning truly means and how its principles can be applied, I find myself regularly thinking about how I would do things differently if I were still in the classroom. After recently observing Paola Brinkley, one… Continue
Added by Scott Habeeb on October 22, 2009 at 8:30pm —
A criticism of Assessment FOR Learning is that along with it comes pressure to make sure that students’ grades increase. In other words, some have been concernerd that AFL might lead to grade inflation.
I would hope that no school would ever encourage grade inflation while it encourages its teachers to try AFL techniques. I think that… Continue